HK police raid Tiananmen victims' museum

This is the moment Hong Kong police raided the premises of the closed museum dedicated to the victims of China's 1989 Tiananmen crackdown on Thursday (September 9).

Officers were seen loading a truck with display boards, including one with the June 4th museum's logo and another carrying a picture of a lit candle.

The reason for the raid was unclear.

Police did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The museum opened a decade ago.

It was closed on June 2 due to a licensing investigation and reopened online as "8964 Museum".

The raid came hours after a dozen pro-democracy activists pleaded guilty of knowingly participating in an unauthorized assembly during last year's June 4th anniversary.

Rallies were banned by police, citing coronavirus concerns.

This year's vigil was banned for similar reasons.

Hong Kong traditionally holds the largest commemoration for the victims of the Tiananmen crackdown, because mainland China bans such gatherings and heavily censors the topic.

On Wednesday, police arrested the vice-chairwoman Chow Hang-tung and three other members of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China for failing to comply with national security law requirements.

The group ran the museum and organizes annual June 4th rallies.

Hong Kong authorities have repeatedly denied curbing human rights and freedoms in the city and say law enforcement has made arrests based on evidence.

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