Tiananmen Square crackdown

Badges will remain a symbol of battle for democracy

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 June, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 June, 2003, 12:00am

Quercus Cho and his friends started distributing badges to commemorate the Tiananmen Square crackdown at a Victoria Park vigil in 1997.

The idea was that if the annual gatherings were banned at some point in the future, people would still have a way of remembering what happened on that June 4 day.

But they never thought that people would feel under pressure not to attend so soon after the handover.

'People who have worked with us said they could not help any more because their husbands or family members will not allow them to. There are worries,' Mr Cho said.

The 47-year-old media worker and his friends said they felt betrayed by the post-handover government for proposing to introduce anti-subversion laws under Article 23 of the Basic Law.

But Mr Cho said they would continue their mission by distributing free badges at Victoria Park tonight. 'This year is important. We may not be able to see these rally-goers in the future when there may be more restrictions imposed on the rally,' he said.

'If we do not fight, our children will not have a full understanding of the history of their country.'