Thousands gather to mark Tiananmen massacre – Tom Mitchell

From the Financial Times:

More than 40,000 people gathered in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park last night to mark the 17th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre, in a show of defiance that is inextricably linked to the territory’s own frustrated democratic aspirations.

Safe from the collective amnesia enforced on the mainland by the Chinese Communist Party on June 4 of every year, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp gathers annually on the park’s football pitches to remember those who died when Chinese troops cleared student demonstrators from Tiananmen Square in 1989.

“We are motivated by conscience, especially when the people of Hong Kong are fortunate to enjoy freedoms not protected on the mainland,” Albert Ho, a pro-democracy legislator, said on the sidelines of last night’s gathering.[Full Text]

June 5, 2006 5:54 AM
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