Protesters shake it up ahead of June 4 anniversary

Top News | Phoenix Un 27 May 2019

More than 2,000 people took to the streets yesterday to mark next week's 30th anniversary of the June 4th incident, with the fugitive law amendment as an added concern.

Led by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, about 800 people set off from the Southorn Playground heading west to the Liaison Office, raising banners saying "rehabilitate the 1989 pro-democracy movement" and "build a democratic China."

Others shouted slogans such as "demand accountability of the June 4th massacre," and "release the dissidents."

They also had an extra theme this year: "No extradition to China, withdraw the evil law amendment."

Marchers raised yellow umbrellas, distributed by a local newspaper with the slogan "Endorse freedom, oppose the evil law."

Alliance chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan said before the march that some members of the Tiananmen Mothers, a group comprised of parents of student protesters killed during the 1989 crackdown, were coerced to leave Beijing for sightseeing and forced to keep quiet.

"The communist regime will never forget what they did 30 years ago. It's because they are afraid," he said.

Ho said some participants wanted to express their concerns about the fugitive law amendment besides the memorial to the June 4th incident, and expects more people compared to past years will take to the streets a week tomorrow.

Vice chairman Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong said Hong Kong made a U-turn on the path to democracy in recent years. "The fugitive law amendment is the mainland heading south to suppress Hongkongers," he added.

A mainlander, who said he was one of the student protesters at Tiananmen in 1989, joined yesterday's march and recalled: "I joined all activities and on the morning of June 4, 1989, I rode by bicycle to Muxidi and Lubukou to see the miserable scenes there. Then I returned to the University of Political Science and Law, and saw many corpses there."

He thanked Hongkongers for persisting so long in the struggle for democracy.

After protesters arrived outside the Liaison Office, Tsoi said there were 2,200 people joining the march - doubled last year's turnout.

During the City Forum yesterday former convener of the banned pro-independence National Party Andy Chan Ho-tin said the Hong Kong government's push for the fugitive law amendment is making the world worry about the one country, two systems principle.

He said the fact Germany granted refugee status to two localists - Ray Wong Toi-yeung and Alan Li Tung-sing, who jumped bail over rioting charges from the 2016 Mong Kok clash - showed Germany changed their stance about Hong Kong long ago.

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