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    Hongkongers Defiantly Mark 1989 Massacre

    The victors write history. Every year since Beijing's 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, people in Hong Kong have been allowed to commemorate the date — until now. For the first time, territorial authorities deployed 3,000 police to stop today's vigil, citing the coronavirus outbreak. But pro-democracy lawmakers threw a foul-smelling liquid in Hong Kong's legislature, which was debating a law against disrespecting the national anthem, saying, "A murderous state stinks forever." Meanwhile, two of the city's biggest banks have expressed support for Beijing's proposed security legislation, widely seen as the end of Hongkongers' right to free expression.

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