Hong Kong police close park for Tiananmen vigil

Hong Kong police closed off a park on Friday where an annual vigil for victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident has been held.

It's the first time in more than 30 years that the memorial event has not been held at Victoria Park in central Hong Kong on June 4, the anniversary of China's deadly crackdown on the pro-democracy movement.

Hong Kong police banned the gathering for a second year in a row, citing measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Last year, about 20,000 people gathered at the park despite the police ban.

On Friday, the police announced they would close the park for the time being, saying that some citizens are trying to hold an unauthorized rally. They also warned that strict measures would be taken against anyone who illegally enters the park.

Signs and fences to prevent people from entering the park were placed around its entrance and police officers were seen patrolling the area.

A civic group that has organized the annual candlelight vigil is asking people to stay away from the park, warning that they could be charged.