Sunday, 29 May 2016

Divergent Tiananmen Goals

The head of the procession that marched from Wan Chai to Western today
This afternoon, several hundred people marched ahead of the June 4 anniversary, calling for Beijing to admit its wrongdoings in Tiananmen Square 27 years ago.

Young and old walked from Wan Chai to the Beijing Liaison office in Western carrying banners and shouting slogans.

The turnout was also an indication of support for organizers of the annual June 4 candlelight vigil in Victoria Park, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China.

Earlier this week Hong Kong Shue Yan University's student-run editorial board likened the organizers to "pimps and bawds in a brothel".

Thousands of students fighting for democracy 27 years ago
Last year, post Occupy, students at the University of Hong Kong decided to hold their own vigil for the victims of the June 4 massacre, saying there was no point in trying to push for democracy in China, when we should be fighting for democracy in Hong Kong.

And this year the HKU students will be doing their own thing, along with the Federation of Students, and Chinese University is doing something separately.

I had never heard of Hong Kong Shue Yan University before and had to look it up. It's a private liberal arts college near Fortress Hill with under 3,000 students. Making statements equating people to "pimps and bawds" will definitely get attention and illustrate the students' outrageous thought process.

"The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China has become pimps and bawds in a brothel after they themselves were raped," wrote Ng Kwai-lung head of Hong Kong Shue Yan's student editorial board.

Remembering the victims of June 4 at Victoria Park
One of the student leaders in the 1989 protests in Beijing, Wang Dan, who now lives in Taiwan, said the students' sentiment was similar to the standard of the wumao, or "50-cent gang", the army of internet commentators who supposedly get 50 cents for every comment they make that support the Chinese government and attack its critics.

The students have a really bizarre sense of thinking. Do they think anyone will take them seriously?

It will be interesting to see how many people show up on Saturday at Victoria Park. I just hope there won't be torrential rain....!!!!


  1. Even if there's torrential rain, I plan to be there. And for the record: I find it incredibly sad that there are Hong Kongers who don't seem to think that it's worth commemorating the events of June 4, 1989, in one of the very few places in China where one is free to do so.

    1. Hi YTSL - They will commemorate it, but in their own way. Just seems more effective in greater numbers together.