Four go the distance in run for June 4 vigil

Local | Erin Chan 17 May 2021

Four members of the alliance organizing the June 4 candlelight vigil and march completed an annual run to the central government liaison office as they called upon the public to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Among them were secretary Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong and vice-chairwoman Tonyee Chow Hang-tung of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China.

They also called on the police to respect people's right of assembly ahead of two meetings with the police on arrangements for the march and vigil activities marking the 32nd anniversary.

The four gathered at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, showing banners with slogans such as "Light a candle, wherever you are. Upload your photo of candlelight with the hashtag #6432Justice." About 40 police officers were on standby at the park.

At 9am, the four began running, passing through the central government offices in Admiralty and onto the University of Hong Kong on Pok Fu Lam Road, where they chanted slogans such as "Vindicate June 4th, approach closer to democracy."

At the liaison office in Sai Ying Pun, they put stickers of Lady Liberty Hong Kong on water-filled barriers there.

Tsoi said another 128 people would run the same route on different dates this month. He said the alliance would discuss the march - held on May 30 - with the police on May 20. The vigil is on May 25.

He said they would strive to get approval from the police.

"It is hard to foresee the outcome from the discussions, but we will strive to hold both events under a legal framework," he said.

Tsoi also said he would plead guilty in court today, and was mentally prepared for an immediate remand in custody or imprisonment.

He is among 16 people charged with "assisting in organizing and taking part in an unauthorized assembly" over a National Day march two years ago amid a police ban.

He said he would commemorate June 4 on his own even if jailed.

League of Social Democrats chairman Avery Ng Man-yuen, also a defendant in Tsoi's case, said he would also plead guilty in court today.

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