2020/7/11  
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Hong Kong vigil for Tiananmen Square massacre banned for first time in 31 years (2020/06/03)

Thursday is the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre that took place in Beijing in 1989. Every year on June 4, a vigil attracts tens of thousands to Hong Kong's Victoria Park. But this year, authorities have banned the gathering, citing its threat to public health. The organizers of the vigil are calling for Hong Kong citizens to gather anyway, in socially distanced small groups. Meanwhile, Taiwanese academics have spoken up to support Hong Kong, saying that the tragedy that befell the pursuers of freedom and democracy 31 years ago must not be forgotten.

Last year was the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Hong Kong’s annual vigil in Victoria Park was the largest it had ever been.

Chan Ching-wah
Hong Kong Federation of Students
We will always remember June 4, 1989. Even if people are not protesting and not making a stand, seeds of hope will remain. At least we can share information in a safe environment, so that people can know the truth. That is our protest and our hope.

But this year, authorities say the vigil can’t go ahead. The Hong Kong government has banned large gatherings – supposedly due to coronavirus. But the order falling on the date of the anniversary is too suspicious for some. They say the epidemic is a pretext for the suppression of freedom of assembly.

Hong Kong citizen
I have to speak up. They tell me to be quiet but I won’t. There will always be things I can do. Maybe I don’t have enough power, but every little bit counts.

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China has organized the vigil for 30 years. This year, its chairman says people will gather in groups of a maximum of eight and process into Victoria Park at 8 p.m. on June 4, maintaining social distance.

This video from Taiwan’s New School for Democracy compares the gradual erosion of freedom to drowning. Lawmakers like the DPP’s Fan Yun says the Taiwanese people mustn’t turn a blind eye to China’s suppression of democracy.

Fan Yun
DPP lawmaker
If we aren’t even brave enough to speak up about it, whether because we’re scared of economic sanctions or political intimidation, how can we hope for the world to stand by Taiwan, despite China’s economic and political pressure?

Professor Chen Min-chi
National Tsing-Hua University
As people who were born in democratic Taiwan, we must keep remembering and reminding the world, that 31 years ago the CCP opened fire on its own people. Its tanks crushed students and citizens who were pursuing freedom, human rights, and democracy.

Taiwan’s academics are becoming a loud voice in support of Hong Kong, but Beijing’s contempt for human rights doesn’t seem to be changing.

中文 Chinese  
不能袖手旁觀 64前夕台灣伸援香港聲浪四起

六四天安門事件、31周年即將到來,台灣持續有聲援香港的聲音,前陸委會副主委陳明祺指出,中國就是希望大家忘記他們對付人民的過往紀錄。以往都會舉辦紀念活動的香港,今年將首度停辦。因為香港特區政府以武肺疫情、之前發布的限聚令為由,禁止了香港支聯會的申請。

去年六四30周年,香港照往例,在維多利亞公園舉辦了大型燭光紀念晚會,盛況空前。

[[六四香港學聯代表陳清華]]
“大家永遠記得六四,即使人們不出來反抗,沒有站出來,也會有希望的種子。至少,人們在安全的環境中,能夠分享資訊,讓大家了解真相,而那也是我們(對中共)的反抗與希望。”

然而今年維園晚會確定停辦,香港特區政府今年以武肺疫情為由,頒布了限聚令。而時間剛好到6月4日,不少人就認為,根本就是當局政治操作,刻意打壓集會自由。

[[香港民眾]]
“我不能不出聲,人家叫我保持安靜,我不行。永遠有我可做的事,也許力量不夠大,但每一點都算。”

儘管香港這頭不准集會,香港支聯會常委已決定,4號晚間8點,還是要以8人一組,保持社交距離,走進維園。

華人民主書院用影片,將失去自由比喻如同溺水一般,讓人感到快窒息。立委范雲等人認為,對於中國壓迫民眾,台灣人不能袖手旁觀。

[[立委(民)范雲]]
“如果我們連聲援的勇氣都沒有,不管是害怕經濟制裁,還是害怕政治的恐嚇,那我們如何希望全世界,不要因為中國的壓力,不管是經濟的政治的,跟台灣站在一起?”

[[清華大學社會學研究所副教授陳明祺]]
生在民主的台灣,我們必須要時時記得也要提醒世人,他(中國)在31年前對他的人民開槍,用坦克壓迫那一些追求自由、追求人權,追求民主的學生跟市民的身上。

中國持續壓迫人權,台灣學者大力聲援香港,築起保衛自由的防線。
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