PRO-DEMOCRACY activist and legislator Szeto Wah yesterday termed
Premier Zhu Rongji's dismissal of the 10th anniversary of the
Tiananmen crackdown as "hypocritical".
"Even the spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry had frequently
talked about it lately.
"He dismissed the question very diplomatically and avoided the
question. But isn't that an overtly and hypocritical way of dismissing
the question?" asked Mr Szeto, who is chairman of the Hong Kong
Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China.
The alliance, which is branded a subversive group by Beijing, has been
organising annual marches and candlelight vigils at Victoria Park to
commemorate the crackdown.
Mr Zhu said on Friday, when asked what the government could do to
compensate the families of those killed in the 1989 pro-democracy
protests, that he had "almost forgotten" the occasion.
Friday night's candlelight vigil at Victoria Park drew more than
70,000 people _ the biggest turnout since 1992, when 80,000 people
Mr Szeto dismissed a report by the pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po yesterday
that only 27,000 people attended.
Police estimates of the number of people who attended the annual
vigils in the past 10 years had differed from the alliance's estimates
by at least 100 per cent every year, he said.
But the police declined to give an estimate of the number of
The alliance collected about $1.2 million in donations on Friday night
_ one of the highest amounts collected in many years, according to Mr
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