One of the leaders of the student demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in 1989 called on the people of Hong Kong to continue their quest for democracy, nowTV reported on Monday.
Zhou Fengsuo visited the Occupy Central protest site in Admiralty to rally support for the participants.
Zhou said what he saw in Hong Kong brought back vivid memories of the student movement in 1989 in Beijing.
He said he had been following Hong Kong issues closely and was far from optimistic about the prospects of the central government giving in to Hong Kong protesters’ requests.
But he admitted that he could not think of a viable solution to the impasse.
However, he said he firmly believed that those who called for a crackdown on the protesters would feel threatened by the courage and perseverance displayed by the people of Hong Kong.
Zhou was among the first batch of “most wanted” students named by Beijing authorities after the June 4 crackdown in 1989 and has been living in exile in the United States for the last two decades.
This was his third visit to Hong Kong. Zhou said he has had no problems entering the city.
During a speech to students in Admiralty on Sunday, Zhou said the younger generation of Hong Kong should stand up and fight for the future generations. He said he still has deep regrets that democracy failed to prevail on the mainland 25 years ago.
Zhou was arrested in June 1989 and was released in 1990. He moved to the U.S. five years later.
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