Lunedi, 18 Dicembre, 2017

Hong Kong marks 28 years since bloody Tiananmen crackdown

China: Own Up to Tiananmen Massacre Groups prepare for Tiananmen event
Sveva Terracina | 19 Giugno, 2017, 04:06

In Hong Kong, it is set to appear at a candlelight vigil on Sunday to memorialize the crackdown in Tiananmen Square, providing a new "focal point" for the event, Mr. Yang said.

While mainland Chinese are only dimly aware of what happened at Tiananmen Square almost three decades ago, the subject is openly discussed in Taiwan, a self-governing island, and Hong Kong, a special Chinese region with much autonomy and legally entrenched freedom of speech and other civil rights unseen on the mainland.

An elderly participant holds a candle with others as they attend a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria Park on June 4, 2017, to mark the 28th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing.

Human rights activists estimate the death toll in 1989 was hundreds or thousands of civilians in what is known locally as the "June Fourth Incident", when China's communist regime declared martial law and mobilised around 300,000 troops in the capital. "They fought for their future in the same way we're fighting for our future", said 17-year-old high school student Yanny Chan.

This year's event carried a bit of added importance as Hong Kong awaits a visit from Chinese President Xi Jinping to take part in festivities marking the 20th anniversary of the city's return to China. While the police put the number at just 18,000, according to the South China Morning Post.

"Young people in China were demanding democracy", he said this week.

"When Xi Jinping comes, he'll know the people of Hong Kong have not forgotten", Lee Cheuk-yan, an organizer of the annual candlelight vigil, said.

"The U.S. side ignored objective facts, made groundless accusations of the Chinese government year after year, and interfered in China's internal affairs", Xinhua said, citing the ministry.


"The US views the protection of human rights as a fundamental duty of all countries, and we urge the Chinese government to respect the universal rights and fundamental freedoms of all its citizens", Tillerson said. He said, "In the past we were something of an economic city, but after 1989 we became a political city". (Last year was the 27th anniversary of the crackdown.) The men advertised their product online and had sold perhaps several dozen bottles - charging 89.64 renminbi, about $13, for two - when the police detained them in May 2016. It also called on Chinese leaders to release people imprisoned for speaking out about the protests in the past.

They held 28 candles for a moment of silence outside the heavily policed building, before throwing them over the fence.

For example, this week, Weibo - the Chinese Twitter - informed its users overseas that they will not be able to share photos and videos until June 5 due to an upgrade of its systems, coinciding with the anniversary.

The Twitter-like site said the block, lasting from June 3 to June 5, was to "upgrade the system".

Their banners accused protesters at the June 4 commemoration and in 2014 of "using students as chess pieces" and denounced both as "despicable". Commemoration of the events, whether public or private, remains taboo in mainland China.

In Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen marked the anniversary with an offer to help China to make the transition to democracy.

She also asked Beijing to acknowledge June 4 and work towards democracy.

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