|(Hong Kong police ban city’s annual Tiananmen Square vigil for first time in 30 years, citing Covid-19 threat).|
Hong Kong police have officially banned the city’s annual Tiananmen Square vigil for the first time in 30 years, citing ongoing social-distancing measures and health concerns amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The vigil’s organiser, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, said alliance members would still enter Victoria Park to observe a moment of silence that night, and called on the public to light candles across the city and join an online gathering to commemorate the June 4, 1989, crackdown. * * * The vigil, where calls for an end to “one-party dictatorship” have been routinely heard, is under a fresh spotlight this year as Beijing moves forward with a tailor-made national security law for Hong Kong. The law will prohibit acts of subversion, secession, terrorism or conspiring with foreign influences in the city. (Hong Kong police ban city’s annual Tiananmen Square vigil for first time in 30 years, citing Covid-19 threat).
This was a phase in which Hong Kong was constructed as a special international city, one built on transnational institutions, law, and politics. Hong Kong was the expression of the ideal of political globalization one deeply embedded in the emerging discourse of these ideals among the international intelligentsia. But it was an international city constructed out of the narrative of the progressive and liberal democratic international order--a city built on and managed through, the product of, international law and principles. Nominally tied to a domestic legal order, it was meant to serve as a model on which an international normative order could actually be constructed on the ground.
This was a phase in which Hong Kong was constructed as a special international city, but one built on the internationalization of economic activity. It was a city deeply embedded within the domestic legal order of the state which claimed sovereignty, but was the highest expression of a special trade zone. That, indeed, was how the SAR itself marketed its self construction: "Hong Kong has positioned itself to become the world city of Asia. This positioning is designed to highlight Hong Kong's existing strengths in areas such as financial services, trade, tourism, transport, communications, and as a regional hub for international business and a major city in China." (Hong Kong, Asia's World City). The object is to construct an "international city" the way that London and New York could claim that status. To that end, the state, not the international community, could provide the waivers necessary to meet this economic objective but in a way that preserved the core objectives of that political order--stability, security, and sovereignty. It was to be a brand, and an aid to marketing the SAR. (Ibid).