Hong Kong rightly remembered Liu Xiaobo in marking Tiananmen Square crackdown
In Hong Kong, the commemoration of the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown has rightly called attention to the late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and his widow Liu Xia, who remains under house arrest (“More than 100,000 people attend June 4 vigil in Hong Kong”).
Despite the efforts by mainland China to downplay the 1989 crackdown, citizens of the former British colony turned out in the tens of thousands – amid heavy rains – to observe the event.
A Chinese history professor I once knew recalled the fledgling Chinese Communist Party in the 1920s, when he went to China as a young journalist. The late Earl Swisher did not live to see Tiananmen Square in 1989, but he would remember the horrors of the Great Leap Forward and the millions who perished during those fateful years under Mao Zedong. He is not alone.
Brian Stuckey, Denver