Date
19 September 2017
A group of students read the June 5, 1989 issue of pro-Beijing newspaper Weinweipo about the bloody crackdown on Tiananmen Square.  Photo: HKFS
A group of students read the June 5, 1989 issue of pro-Beijing newspaper Weinweipo about the bloody crackdown on Tiananmen Square. Photo: HKFS

Students help Hong Kong recall June 4 crackdown

The Tiananmen Square crackdown happened 25 years ago and a generation of Hong Kong people has since come of age in that time.

Few of them would know about the pro-democracy movement that was crushed in the early hours of June 4, 1989.

But in a symbolic gesture, about a dozen students from the Hong Kong Federation of Students relived the day by distributing copies of the June 5 issue of the pro-Beijing Wenweipo newspaper in Central station and on the MTR on Monday, according to Apple Daily.

They pretended to read the news about the brutal suppression. Some used their mobile phones to broadcast it.

Also, they emblazoned their backs with comments by prominent Hong Kong political figures who supported the movement at the time but now appear to have an ambiguous stance. They included Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, legislator Ann Ching and businessman Raymond Ch’ien.  

That shows Hong Kong society was united over the June 4 events, the report said, citing Si Tou Tsz-long, who is organizing the Hong Kong commemoration.

Si Tou said most people who were handed copies of the newspaper welcomed the gesture and praised the students, showing they have not forgotten the Tiananmen movement after all these years, according to the report.

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