Thousands In Hong Kong Commemorate Tiananmen Anniversary

June 6, 2016

NewsStandOnline.Net (6-June-2016): Tens of thousands of people gathered in a Hong Kong park Saturday evening to do what people across the border in mainland China could not: commemorate the anniversary of the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.

As has become a tradition, organizers in Hong Kong transformed Victoria Park into a facsimile of Tiananmen Square, the symbolic heart of the Chinese nation. A giant photo on a tarpaulin showed the scene at the Gate of Heavenly Peace, Tiananmen during the 1989 protests, with the Goddess of Democracy, a white plaster and plastic foam statue, facing off against Chairman Mao Zedong’s portrait.

Thousands In Hong Kong Commemorate Tiananmen Anniversary

A wreath next to a replica of an obelisk in Tiananmen Square honors the mothers of people killed during the crackdown.

In Beijing, the government is trying to erase any acknowledgment of the events of 27 years ago. Ding Zilin, 79, the most prominent of the Tiananmen mothers, was under close guard by the police in the days before June 4. On Saturday, police tightened security around Tiananmen Square.

The suppression of the student-led movement had a profound affect on Hong Kong, which in 1989 was just eight years away from reverting to Chinese sovereignty after more than a century of British rule.