Tiananmen Square crackdown

Minister's June 4 tears

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 July, 2012, 12:00am


New education minister Eddie Ng Hak-kim recalled how he cried while watching the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown, but shrugged off questions as to whether the student democracy movement should be justified. Ng said June 4, 1989, was one of just four times in his life when he had cried and told radio host Albert Cheng: 'It is unfortunate ... students should have freedom of expression, but it [the protest] led to unfortunate events.'

He refused to say if the crackdown should be reassessed, despite being repeatedly questioned on the matter by Cheng.

Leaving the studio, Ng was confronted by protesters calling for the end to plans for a compulsory national education syllabus.

Ng accepted four slices of bread with the phrase 'Vindicate June 4' on them from the secondary school students' protest group Scholarism, led by Joshua Wong Chi-fung.