Date
24 March 2017
Mainlanders arrested for supporting Hong Kong's Occupy movement will be featured during this year's June 4 vigil. Photo: HKEJ
Mainlanders arrested for supporting Hong Kong's Occupy movement will be featured during this year's June 4 vigil. Photo: HKEJ

June 4 vigil to pay tribute to mainland Occupy supporters

Mainland Chinese who were arrested because of their support for Hong Kong’s Occupy movement will be introduced to those taking part in the annual June 4 vigil next week, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

Albert Ho Chun-yan, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, said there is a special connection between people in Hong Kong and in the mainland who support democracy.

About 200 mainlanders were arrested after they voiced support for the Occupy movement in Hong Kong, and 20 of them remain in detention.

The organizers of the annual commemorative event in Victoria Park said they would like to pay tribute to these people during the vigil and let Hongkongers know who they are.

Videos of some participants in China’s student movement in 1989 and representatives of the Tiananmen Mothers — a group of parents, relatives and friends of people killed by troops during the protests in June that year – will also be played on stage.

Students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shue Yan University, City University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University will deliver speeches on the night.

However, Fung King-yan, chairman of the Hong Kong University Students’ Union, said it will not take part in the vigil, because it disagreed with the statement by the alliance in 2011 that Hongkongers should not fantasize about universal suffrage as long as there is no democracy in China.

Fung said the HKU union will stage its own memorial event on campus, hoping to provide students with an alternative and expecting a turnout of about 1,000 people.

Participants will not be singing songs or chanting slogans, he said.

Ho said he would respect anyone paying tribute in their own way to the students who died in the June 4, 1989, crackdown.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Federation of Students, which recently lost several former member unions, said it will not be sending representatives to the vigil.

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