Date
19 September 2017
Young Hong Kong people hold a vigil during the 10th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Photo: Bloomberg
Young Hong Kong people hold a vigil during the 10th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong June 4 pro-revisionists fall

Most Hong Kong people want China to revise the official version of the June 4 pro-democracy crackdown 25 years on, according to a University of Hong Kong survey.

In a sample of 1,005 residents, 56 percent support an official revision, down 7 percent from the year before and the lowest in six years, while 20 percent do not. 

The survey was conducted from May 17 to 22.

About 48 percent of respondents believe the Beijing students did the right thing in 1989 while 17 percent think otherwise.

Meanwhile, 64 percent say the Chinese government’s handling of the pro-democracy movement was wrong and only 17 percent believe it was the right thing to do at the time.

“From a broad perspective, Hong Kong people’s mainstream opinion continues to maintain that the Chinese government was wrong in 1989,” Robert Chung, the university’s director of public opinion program, said.

“People still support the Beijing students and demand a revision of the official stand on June Fourth. However, the percentages of those who think the Beijing students did the right thing and those demanding a revision of the official stand on June Fourth have both dropped significantly, back to the level of 2011.”

Moreover, 65 percent of the respondents think Hong Kong people have a responsibility to promote democracy in the mainland. On the economic aspect, 62 percent believe they have such a responsibility.

Comparing democratic and economic development, 31 percent say Hong Kong people should put more effort into fostering economic development in China while 37 percent say they should put more weight on democratic development.

About 28 percent believe China should emphasize economic development against 45 percent who say it should focus on democracy.

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