THE newly-formed Democratic Party is to delete all references to the June 4 crackdown from its party manifesto. A revised draft of the group's statement of political intent, a copy of which has been obtained by the Sunday Morning Post, makes no mention of the events of 1989 in Tiananmen Square. A sharp attack on the Chinese Government for its massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators, contained in the original draft of the platform, has been struck from the latest version. Nevertheless, the revised version seems certain to be endorsed at a meeting of key party members tomorrow - a move attacked last night by local pro-democracy activists who claim it is nothing more than kowtowing to Beijing. Some Democratic Party legislators also expressed opposition, but party leaders defended the change, saying they did not want their manifesto to read like a ''history book'', and the new party's commitment to fight for a reversal of the official verdict on June 4 would be expressed in other ways. The issue is expected to be high on the agenda at tomorrow's meeting of the Joint Preparatory Committee of the new party, which is formed by a merger between the United Democrats and Meeting Point. The original version of the Democratic Party platform, circulated to all members of both parties in June, condemned the Tiananmen crackdown as ''a tragedy for China which proves the Government is acting against the people's will and confronting its people''. ''The Chinese Government should overturn the [verdict on the] rebellious nature of the [pro-democracy] movement and reaffirm the movement as patriotic,'' it added. This section was copied - word for word - from Meeting Point, but marked as a controversial item requiring further discussion. The United Democrats' manifesto made no mention of June 4, since their constitution states the party is purely local with no intention of involving itself in mainland affairs. But despite the deletion of the references to June 4, the Democratic Party's proposed constitution asserts its ''right and obligation to concern itself and participate in China-wide affairs''. United Democrats chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming yesterday denied the references to Tiananmen were deleted in a bid to please Beijing. ''Just because we don't include our stand on the June 4 event in the party platform doesn't necessarily mean we will not fight for the reversal of the verdict [on the crackdown by the Chinese Government]. We will continue to work for this,'' he insisted. Mr Lee said a separate resolution, worded along the lines of the section deleted from the party's platform, would be tabled to members when the new party is launched on October 1. Party vice-chairman Yeung Sum, who drafted the proposed platform, said the deletions were purely ''a matter of presentation''. ''If there was an event that happened in 1989 and another held in 1990 and a third that happened in 1991 and we mentioned them all in our platform, then it would be like a history book,'' he said. ''We haven't any intention of forgetting the June 4 incident.'' Another drafter, party secretary Law Chi-kwong, said the document was meant to concentrate on long-term matters that would not become out-of-date after a few years. But the draft obtained by the Sunday Morning Post contains several short-term policies, including the setting up of a central medical system and speeding up localisation of the civil service. Meeting Point legislator Zachary Wong Wai-yin said he opposed the proposed change. ''This shouldn't be deleted,'' he said. ''Only if the [official verdict on the] June 4 incident is overturned one day, can we amend the platform.'' United Democrat legislator the Reverend Fung Chi-wood said the proposed separate resolution on June 4 was not enough to show the party's firm stance on the matter. He noted: ''This historical event is very important in the hearts of Hong Kong people.'' Local dissident Lau Shan-ching criticised the move as a setback. ''It seems to me that the Democratic Party is trying to avoid having a clear attitude towards the Chinese communist government,'' he said. ''It is a false concept to divide Hong Kong from China. Many problems in the Hong Kong democratic movement came from China.''