The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China said the June 4 memorial hall they are organizing was warned by officials at home Tuesday, with authorities pointing out that the venue had not applied for a public entertainment venue license before holding the exhibition. The memorial hall opened just last weekend with an exhibition and a memorial area for the public to lay flowers.
A number of Hong Kong media quoted the secretary of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, Mr. Choi Yiu-cheong, as saying that employees of the Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Department came to the memorial hall that afternoon and pointed out that the exhibition had not applied for a license for a place of public entertainment.
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department responded to this afterwards, saying that they had recently received relevant complaints, and after investigation and evidence collection, they launched enforcement procedures on Tuesday against those suspected of violating the regulations. The authorities said the existing regulations stipulate that no person shall operate or use any place of public entertainment, including activities such as exhibitions and performances, without obtaining the relevant license.
The June 4 Memorial Hall opened two days ago a themed photo exhibition, “The 1989 Democracy Movement and Hong Kong,” about the movement and the supportive role of Hong Kong people. The report quoted the person in charge of the theme exhibition, Lo Hoi Ming, as saying that the contents of the exhibition are all historical facts, and he believes there will be no legal problems with the exhibition unless it is also illegal to tell the truth in Hong Kong.