Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu pays his respects before a portrait of Jiang Zemin at the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Dec 1, 2022. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)
HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government announced on Friday arrangements for the city to be one with the nation in mourning the passing of Jiang Zemin on Tuesday.
In a statement, a government spokesman said the memorial service for Jiang will be held solemnly at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing at 10 am on Dec 6.
The HKSAR government appealed to industry associations and organizations to postpone or cancel any entertainment and celebrations scheduled for Dec 6, and announce arrangements as soon as possible
“To express our deep condolences to President Jiang, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government and members of the public will mourn with mainland compatriots together,” the statement reads.
The spokesman said Radio Television Hong Kong will arrange television live-broadcast of the memorial service to the public while the Central Government Offices will also live-broadcast the service.
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During the mourning in silence in the memorial service, government staff will at the same time observe three minutes' mourning in silence. All government bureaus and departments will also make similar arrangements, the spokesman said.
The HKSAR government appealed to industry associations and organizations to postpone or cancel any entertainment and celebrations scheduled for Dec 6, and announce arrangements as soon as possible.
The city’s 18 district offices will make arrangements to help members of the public watch the memorial service live and observe mourning in silence at designated locations. The Home Affairs Department will announce the locations later, the spokesman said.
All government vessels will conduct three minutes' honk during the mourning in silence in the memorial service. The government will liaise with subvented organizations, industry associations and organizations for arranging their staff to watch the memorial service live and observe mourning in silence.
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On the day of the memorial service, national flags and regional flags displayed at all government departments, including offices outside Hong Kong, will be flown at half staff. Government officials will not attend any public entertainment activities.
All entertainment and celebration activities organized or funded by the government will be postponed or canceled as appropriate, the spokesman said.
The Executive Council will watch the live broadcast of the memorial service and observe a moment of silence on Tuesday morning. The ExCo meeting on that day will be held after the memorial service, and the media session before the ExCo meeting will be suspended, he added.
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