HONG KONG—After police banned an annual June 4 vigil last year to commemorate those gunned down during China’s Tiananmen Square protests, one group of churches retreated to the safety of their parishes to hold socially-distanced commemorative masses.

This year, the services will be even more low key. A promotional poster makes no mention of the events of 1989, stating: “For various reasons, we may not be able to elaborate, but let’s not forget history.”

香蕉视频苹果下载The cryptic messaging reflects a growing caution among citizens to speak out in the midst of a national security crackdown that has largely silenced public dissent and led to dozens of pro-democracy figures being jailed. The mass vigil in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park—which drew tens of thousands of people yearly and was for decades the only Tiananmen Square memorial tolerated on Chinese soil—was again banned by police, who cited pandemic restrictions on gatherings. Other events, like student gatherings, are no more.

香蕉视频苹果下载“In today’s Hong Kong, we have to learn how to deliver a message in an indirect way,” said Porson Chan, a project officer at the commission of the group of churches that is offering Mass on Friday.

“We wait and see how the receivers are to decode it,” he said.

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