The Hong Kong police force has deployed 3,000 anti-riot officers on standby to prevent Tianmen massacre vigils from being held in the city on June 4 after the event was recently banned.
An unnamed police official said that all officers in five regional response contingents under the elite Police Tactical Unit, emergency units, and other teams, would be on high alert for Friday.
The deployment for June 4 would be the largest so far this year due to the lack of mass protests compared to last year.
The organizers of the annual candlelight vigil, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China lost an appeal to hold this year’s gathering in Victoria Park after authorities cited pandemic-related prevention measures just like last year.
Hong Kong’s Security Bureau warned last week that anyone who participates in any event related to the Tiananmen vigil could be jailed for five years while anyone promoting such events could land a 1-year jail sentence.
The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China added that they would also not hold any online vigils because participants might be prosecuted under the strict new national security law.