In The Name of Democracy

Hong Kong people’s memories about Tiananmen crackdown have never faded away with time. On June 4th, according to South China Morning Post, “more than 150,000 people attended a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park Last Saturday, to mark the 22nd anniversary of the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing.”

It is obvious that this action is not only to remember June 4th, but rather to show Hong Kong people’s determination on democracy and 

universal suffrage.


Recently, from online campaigns urging people to emulate the “Jasmine revolutions” in the Arab world, to the protests in Inner Mongolia sparked by the hit-and-run death of a herder, the threat of social unrest is Beijing’s deepest fear. Thus, anything related to the 6/4 was harmonized by the central, which led to more critics.

As one of the growing numbers of mainlanders making the annual pilgrimage to Victoria Park for the June 4th, I was shocked completely. It is for sure that if the authority is for the people, they should also aware of people anger and make some progress on the regime.

Below are some pictures that I took on June 4th, at Victoria Park, Hong Kong.

Flickering lights of sadness and hope; People express their feeling through writing on the ground; Banners showing Hong Kong's determination on democracy

About mengt

Meng Tian holds a B.A. from Peking University, China, in Broadcasting and Television, and a double degree in Economics. She is currently a first-year M.A. candidate in SPR program at Annenberg School of Journalism. Her motto is: Believe in fate, but never bend it over. Follow her on Twitter:meng1218.
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