People in Hong Kong will never forget the 1989 crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square whether it is debated in the Legislative Council or not, says veteran democrat Szeto Wah. The chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China said what was important was the will to continue the mission as the 18th anniversary of the incident drew near. Speaking days after the traditional motion calling for remembrance and vindication of the June 4 incident in Beijing was almost dropped from this year's Legco debate agenda, Mr Szeto said people were not forgetful. 'Just look at how many people turn up each year to the candle-light vigil in Victoria Park,' he said. 'People will never forget June 4 and will always stand firm in calling for a vindication of the Tiananmen martyrs. We have become a beacon for all Chinese.' Last week, on the grounds that the Hong Kong legislature had no right to criticise the central government, Legco president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai barred legislator 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung from moving a motion that 'condemns the prime culprits of the bloody crackdown' in Tiananmen, and demanded that 'the Chinese communist government' investigate the 'massacre' and bring those responsible to justice. The decade-long tradition of a Legco debate on a June 4 motion was only saved after Democrat Martin Lee Chu-ming, who had priority in moving a motion, agreed to move one with milder wording. Mr Szeto, who has moved the motion every year after the handover until he retired from Legco in 2004, said the motion only served as a reminder to the public that the Tiananmen mission must be continued. 'Everything we have to say has already been said. Many people have made U-turns in the past 18 years for fame and money. Some have chosen to forget. But the more such people [do], the more important it is to remember.' As well as the annual demonstration on May 27 and the vigil in Victoria Park on June 4, the alliance also will hold a 18km run marking the 18th anniversary of the June 4 crackdown. Mr Szeto, 76, said he had passed the stage of wondering whether he would have the chance to see a reversal of the verdict on the pro-democracy movement, branded by the central government as an anti-revolutionary riot. '[The] Democratic movement is a long path and whether one person can reach the goal is not a point of consideration. What is important is to walk with perseverance,' he said.