The June 4 vigil will not be returning to Victoria Park in Causeway Bay this summer, as a number of pro-establishment groups have booked the football pitches there to stage a market running from June 3 to 5.
For the first time in 31 years, police officially objected to staging the candlelight vigil in 2020 – citing the risks of spreading Covid
-19. Despite the police’s objection, citizens and activists still flocked and gathered there to light their candles, which further led to arrests.
In the following two years, Victoria Park, where the vigil was usually staged, was cordoned off by police and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), respectively.
According to the poster, the market is organized by 26 associations of Chinese fellow townsmen, including the HK Federation of Fujian Association, Federation of Hong Kong Guangdong Community, and Federation of HK Guangxi Community Organization Ltd.
There will be family workshops, over 200 game booths, on-stage performances featuring “local pop singers,” and jumping beds. The theme of the market focuses on the taste and love of hometown and hometown goods that are available at a low price.
The market also celebrates the 26th anniversary of Hong Kong returning to China from the U.K.
The LCSD replied to media inquiries and said the groups had been granted approval to rent four football pitches and half of the central lawn between May 30 and June 7.
The market will run from 10 am to 9 pm on June 3 and 4 and until 6 pm on June 5. The admission fee for an adult is HK$5, while children under 1.2 meters tall can enter free of charge.