Hong Kong Protesters commemorate the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre by Defying Police Ban
June 6 , 2020
Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters defied a police ban on Thursday and gathered in Victoria Park to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. An organizer and former lawmaker, Lee Cheuk-yan, led the crowd of pro-democracy protesters by chanting slogans such as “end one-party rule”, “democracy for China”, “fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong”, “Hong Kong independence, the only way out”, and many more. A group of senior legislators from many countries launched the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), a joint initiative to respond to some of the concerning developments taking place in China. US President Donald Trump’s Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has said in a statement in the context of the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989, that “the Chinese Communist Party’s slaughter of unarmed Chinese civilians was a tragedy that will not be forgotten.” A full official toll of the massacre has never been released by China’s central government. A week after the June 4 massacre, Beijing’s city government said that 200 people had died in the incident with just 36 students from various universities. The city government’s estimate says that most of the people who died were soldiers. The Trump administration has called on “China to honor the memory of those who lost their lives and to provide a full accounting of those who were killed, detained, or remain missing in connection with the events surrounding the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989.” Prime Minister of Britain Boris Johnson has pledged to offer British citizenship to millions of citizens of Hong Kong if China imposes the new national security law in Hong Kong (a former British colony that was returned to Chinese control on July 1, 1997. With the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting some of the survivors of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Washington on eve of the brutal crackdown’s 31st anniversary, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian defended the crackdown on students on June 4, 1989, and asked the US to stop interfering in China's domestic affairs in any form.