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Groups plan rival rally for June 4

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 May, 2014, 3:59am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 May, 2014, 3:59am

Two pan-democratic groups are hosting an alternative rally to remember the 25th anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

The rally will be held in Tsim Sha Tsui at 8pm - as the Alliance In Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China is holding its annual candlelit vigil at the Victoria Park.

Independent pan-democratic lawmaker Wong Yuk-man said yesterday that his group, the Proletariat Political Institute, would co-host the rally outside the Cultural Centre with online media platform Passion Times, headed by activist Wong Yeung-tat.

While Wong emphasised that he wasn't trying to "challenge" the alliance, he criticised its annual function for having become too "ceremonial".

He added: "[The alliance says] we have to fight for and support democracy on the mainland, but how about Hong Kong? Why can't we use the public support for remembering June 4 to fight for local democracy?"

On June 4 last year, about 500 attended an alternative candlelit vigil in Tsim Sha Tsui hosted by internet users and pro-independence activists, but Wong hoped the turnout would be as high as 3,000 this year.

He said that other than remembering the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, his event would also be anti-Communist and raise concerns about Hong Kong's democratic movement.

The alliance's chairman Lee Cheuk-yan said he feared that an alternative vigil would affect the turnout at Victoria Park.

"What's the difference [between us and Wong's] anti-Communist stance? " Lee asked.

"The Communist Party of China would be the happiest to see the candlelight dim."


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And why does Lee Cheuk-yan believes that his group has the monopoly rights over remembrance for June Fourth? How is setting up a separate group for the remembrance allowing people to forget the massacre? Is the annual rally just a show of candle lights? How have Lee address the unrest and dissatisfaction over their annual show, and the fact that one of its MC is part of the trio who have upset the whole welfare and citizenship system that have cause the whole system to favour new immigrants and completely ignore the needs of the locals?
What Yukman haven't been reported as saying is that the annual ceremony has become the Democrats Party's annual rally to gain more voters, instead of using it to protest against the commis, and the Democrats use the people's support to legislate or help legislate policies that favours the new immigrants from mainland while disregard the needs of Hong Kong born poor and destitutes!
To participate in the Democrats' annual rally is not about being anti-commi, it's to sooth any unrest caused by beijing's heavy hand and the pan-Democrats‘ lack of brains and backbone!
Firstly, Wong Yukman is no longer part of the pan-democrats, will the author of this article get the facts straight. The Honourable Wong Yukman is part of the radical democrats faction, along with Leung Gwok Hung and the two legislators from People power, they are not pan-democrats as they have been publicly disowned by the pan-democrats years ago.


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