Tiananmen Square crackdown

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."