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20th anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

In NEWSPRINT on June 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm
Hong Kong held a vigil last night to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the government-sanctioned massacre at the 1989 pro-democracy demonstration at Tiananmen Square, Beijing.  Image source: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/blogs/olympics/HK533.jpg

Thursday's gathering saw the biggest turnout for a Tiananmen anniversary ever recorded in Hong Kong. Image source: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/blogs/olympics/HK533.jpg

Hong Kong held a vigil last night to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the government-sanctioned massacre at the 1989 pro-democracy demonstration at Tiananmen Square, Beijing.

Excerpt from BBC News article:

When the UK returned Hong Kong to China in 1997, the territory retained its own legal system, including the right to protest.

Thursday’s gathering saw the biggest turnout for a Tiananmen anniversary ever recorded in Hong Kong, the BBC’s John Simpson reports…

Thursday’s star attraction was Xiong Yan, now an exile based in the US.

“Our hearts are hurting but we have a dream that in the not too distant future China’s one party, authoritarian leadership will leave the stage,” he told the rally.

Our correspondent says the scene in Hong Kong seems very reminiscent of Tiananmen Square itself 20 years ago, with the same sort of idealism, the same sort of youthful feeling.

The success of the Hong Kong rally means that China’s hopes of sweeping the memory of the Tiananmen massacre under the carpet have come to nothing, he adds.

— posted by Debbie Chong

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