Date
22 September 2017
Vigil attendees are losing hope that the central government will exonerate participants in the Tiananmen Square protests 25 years ago. Photo: Jolie Ho
Vigil attendees are losing hope that the central government will exonerate participants in the Tiananmen Square protests 25 years ago. Photo: Jolie Ho

Pessimism on the rise over June 4 breakthrough

Pessimism is growing at June 4 vigils that the central government will answer calls to vindicate the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

The newspaper polled 324 people at the Victoria Park vigil Wednesday night and only 1.5 percent said the protestors will be vindicated in the next five years, compared with 3.3 percent in 2010 and 6 percent in 2012.

More than 60 percent of the respondents also said there is no way to project when the participants in the events 25 years ago would be exonerated.

Chinese University political scientist Ma Ngok said the pessimism is a result of greater suppression of dissidents since Xi Jinping became president.

At the same time, almost half of the respondents said they are very satisfied or satisfied with the event organizer – the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China – about their handling of the vindication push.

Although the vigil has become a formality and a breakthrough seems difficult, the alliance has persisted in the tough task of commemorating the victims and fighting for exoneration, the report said, summarizing the comments of the respondents.

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