Hong Kong police raided Tiananmen’s massacre museum one day after arresting four civil society group members who managed the museum.
The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China ran the June 4th Museum, which exhibited historical artifacts connected with student protesters’ massacres in Beijing on June 4, 1989.
On Thursday morning, September 9, the police were carrying blue metal tubs inside Mong Kok building and were photographed exiting with museum artifacts, display panels, and large cutouts, and loading them into a truck.
The museum first opened its doors in 2014, but due to pressure from building owners, it closed two years later, only to resume operations in 2019. It was shut down in June when the police accused the establishment of operating without a proper license.
Both U.S. and U.K. governments reproved the arrests, claiming that the authorities’ actions were a “blatant use of power” and a “chilling demonstration of how the national security law is being used by Beijing”.
Dozens of democracy icons had been detained due to national security charges and that a purging campaign was initiated to rid of anyone who was “unpatriotic.”
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