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Al Jazeera 4 Jun 2020

Hong Kong to mark Tiananmen amid China national anthem bill vote

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Police and firefighters entered Hong Kong's legislature on Thursday after two pro-democracy legislators threw foul-smelling liquid to protest against China's "murderous" crackdown by Chinese troops in and around Tiananmen Square 31 years ago.
Eddie Chu and Ray Chan rushed to the front of the chamber during a debate over a controversial bill that would criminalise disrespect of China's national anthem, splashing the reeking fluid as guards grappled with them. Police and firefighters later arrived at the scene.
"A murderous state stinks forever. What we did today is to remind the world that we should never forgive the Chinese Communist Party for killing its own people 31 years ago," Chu said later, before he and Chan were removed from the chamber.
A final vote on the bill is expected later on Thursday with people in Hong Kong set to commemorate the bloody 1989 crackdown by lighting candles across the city.
Al Jazeera's Sarah Clarke reports from Hong Kong.


The UK may suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong, in a further deterioration of relations with China.

It's understood that may be among measures to be announced by the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. It's in response to China's new security law in Hong Kong, which could allow dissidents to be sent from the former British colony to mainland China.

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Beijing's Ambassador to the UK has threatened that China will retaliate and has accused Downing Street of "dancing to the tune" of the United States.

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Up to 60 healthcare professionals will be part of a team based in the territory's first makeshift hospital.
Hospitals and testing centres were already reaching capacity,before plans were announced to test all 7.5 million people living there.
But, as Al Jazeera's Divya Gopalan reports, their arrival is also causing concern.
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Boris Johnson denounced the legislation as a "clear and serious breach" of the 1985 Sino-British joint declaration, which set out how certain freedoms would be protected for 50 years after China took over sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting from China Correspondent John Sudworth.

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