The Legislative Council has set a controversial precedent by allowing the politically sensitive phrase "one-party dictatorship be ended" to be included in a motion debate on the June 4 crackdown.
Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai rejected those words during her watch as Legco president but successor Jasper Tsang Yok- sing in a surprise move yesterday allowed the inclusion in an amendment to the motion to be debated tomorrow.
Tsang's approval must have surprised League of Social Democrats' "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung who proposed the amendment, which read in part: "The responsibility for the crackdown be ascertained, political prisoners be released, one-party dictatorship be ended, and democratic elections by universal suffrage be held for the whole nation."
The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China vice chairman and pan-democrat lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan initially moved the motion.
Separately, three former Tiananmen student protesters now living in the United States have been denied visas to attend a panel discussion at City University of Hong Kong marking the 20th anniversary of the June 4, 1989, crackdown.
The conference, from June 2-3, will highlight changes in China since the protests.
Wang Dan and Wang Juntao were denied visas when they applied at Chinese consulates, university political scientist Joseph Cheng Yu-shek said.
A third, Yang Jianli, was denied entry at the airport three weeks ago.
A fourth dissident, Beijing-based Chen Ziming, also said he is unable to attend the conference but it is not clear why, Cheng said.
Wang Dan, one of the student leaders of the Tiananmen protests, was jailed after the crackdown and went into exile in the United States in 1998.
Wang Juntao and fellow scholar Chen were founders of a private think- tank on social issues and advised students during the protests.
Both were sentenced to 13 years in jail and freed on medical parole in 1993.