Hong Kong June 4 vigil organizer to disband

A Hong Kong pro-democracy group that organized annual vigils for victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident has decided to disband, amid an intensifying government crackdown.

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China reached the decision at an emergency meeting on Saturday.

The alliance was established in 1989 just before the Tiananmen Square incident with the goal of showing solidarity with student protesters.

The group was banned from holding its annual June 4 vigil last year and this year.

Alliance leaders, including Lee Cheuk-yan, have been jailed for organizing rallies without permission.

On September 9, police charged the group and three of its senior members, including Lee, with inciting subversion in violation of the national security law for Hong Kong.

Representing the alliance, Richard Tsoi told reporters that he believes the group's basic belief has taken root in the hearts of Hong Kong people.

The alliance had been a symbol of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement for more than 30 years. It is the latest of pro-democracy unions and other organizations to decide to fold.