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
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