Marches In Hong Kong Ahead Of Tiananmen Massacre Anniversary
Marches were organized in Hong Kong on Sunday to commemorate the crackdown on anti-government protesters in Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. June 4 of this year will mark the twentieth anniversary of the massacre, in which anywhere between 200 and 2,600 people perished. Today, thousands of Hong Kong protesters were seen wearing black clothes as a sign of mourning, shouting anti-government slogans.
HONG KONG - Hundreds marched through downtown Hong Kong on Sunday to mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of China's brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989. It was one of the few public commemorations on Chinese soil.
The protesters, many wearing black or white T-shirts for mourning, chanted, "The people will not forget" and "Reverse the verdict on June 4th" — a reference to the day of the deadly crackdown.
Tens of thousands are expected to attend a candlelit vigil Thursday for the victims.
The 1989 student protests are still considered a "counterrevolutionary" riot by the government in China and remain taboo, but they are openly remembered in Hong Kong because it is ruled by Beijing under a separate political system that promises freedom of speech.
Police said the march from a downtown Hong Kong park was attended by at least 4,700 people on Sunday. Tens of thousands more are expected to attend a candlelit vigil on Thursday.
The protesters, who were mainly wearing black and white to symbolize mourning, shouted anti-Beijing slogans and carried banners calling on the Chinese Communist Party to readdress the events of June 4, 1989.