Tiananmen museum in Hong Kong temporarily closes

A museum in Hong Kong that commemorates China's deadly crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy protests in Beijing has temporarily closed, following an inspection by the Hong Kong authorities.

Ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen incident on Friday, the authorities appear to be strengthening their crackdown on activities related to the incident.

The June 4th Museum was set up by a local civic group in 2014 to commemorate the crackdown at the Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. The museum has continued, despite relocation and repeated suspensions of exhibitions.

The group announced the closure on Wednesday. It said the authorities inspected the museum on Tuesday regarding whether it has the necessary licenses for exhibitions.

It added that there are currently no prospects for the museum's reopening.

The museum has had many visitors in the run-up to the incident's anniversary on Friday.

The group was planning a commemorative rally at a park in central Hong Kong on Friday evening. But the authorities withheld permission, citing measures against the coronavirus.

Local media reported that 3,000 police officers are expected to be deployed near the planned site of the rally and the museum on the day.