as trying to impose its values around the world."
THE Legislative Council last night threw out a motion sponsored by the
Democrats, aimed at vindicating the pro-democracy movement in Beijing
The motion, tabled by Szeto Wah, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in
Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, was defeated with
22 votes against, 20 for and 13 abstentions. Four legislators did not
The motion said: "This council commemorates the 10th anniversary of
the June 4 incident, mourns for those compatriots who died in the
incident, and considers that the pro-democracy movement in 1989 must
The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) and the
Hong Kong Progressive Alliance voted against the motion, while the
Liberal Party abstained.
DAB legislator Yeung Yiu-chung said: "The DAB voted against the
motion, based on the facts.
"According to a Spanish television report, all the student protesters
at Tiananmen Square withdrew peacefully from the scene, and nobody was
killed or injured."
Hong Kong Progressive Alliance chairman Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen said:
"The United States was involved in the incident. In fact, the US was
trying to impose its values around the world."
He said the US had been opposed to the mainland joining the World
Trade Organisation for 13 years. The recent Nato bombing of the
Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia was not related to the Tiananmen
crackdown, he added.
The Democratic Party's Cheung Man-kwong had urged members to abstain
rather than vote against the motion.
"By so doing, I think you would feel better at heart," he said.
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