Hundreds in Hong Kong remember Tiananmen crackdown

Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters demanded on Sunday that the Chinese government exonerate the participants in pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing`s Tiananmen Square that it brutally suppressed 21 years ago.

Hong Kong: Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters
demanded on Sunday that the Chinese government exonerate the
participants in pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing`s
Tiananmen Square that it brutally suppressed 21 years ago.

The Chinese government still considers the 1989 protests
a "counterrevolutionary riot," and public discussion of the
student movement is taboo.

But the military crackdown, which killed at least
hundreds, is mourned openly every year in Hong Kong, a
semiautonomous Chinese territory that is promised
Western-style civil liberties.

However, this year Hong Kong democracy activists allege
that local police are trying to clamp down on their mourning
activities.

Yesterday, police officers arrested 13 activists and
confiscated a "Goddess of Democracy" statue dedicated to the
Tiananmen victims set up next to a shopping mall.

Police said the activists didn`t have a license to
display the statue.

Today, the activists pressed ahead with a scheduled
protest, displaying a smaller version of the statue that was
taken by police.

Police did not interfere with Sunday`s protest.
"Political persecution is shameful," the 400 protesters
chanted in the rain before setting off for Hong Kong`s
government headquarters.

PTI

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