“Safeguarding Hong Kong in memory of June Fourth Massacre”
26 years ago, a seven-week student-led protest in Tiananmen Square, first triggered by the pass-away of the General Secretary Hu Yaobang, was deplorably ended with brutal military crackdown and heart-wrenching bloodshed. Lines of military tanks, with bursting of gunfire and bullets, kept crushing towards the protesters. Students who were calling for liberal political reforms were hopelessly wounded and beaten in torments. Yet even after more than two decades, we didn’t, and will not, let all this dismaying bygone fall into abyss. Those teary images in this massacre just sent shiver down our spine. June Fourth, which is a day that thousands of Hong Kongers gather in the crowds, light the white candles and honour the perished souls.
Instead of participating an yearly candlelight vigil in the Victoria Park as usual, this year I however decided to attend the assembly organised by the Hong Kong University Students’ Union first time ever. The chanted yet clamorous slogan of “Building a Democratic China”, by the Alliance in Support of Patriotic and Democratic Movements of China, split the gluing bond in the Victoria Park where it has been the imperative base for the past 25 years. Since the Chinese Communist Party will probably cement its ruling legitimacy and national security, it is far too optimistic that a democratic mainland China could be sped up in the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, we, as Hong Kongers, should not give up any lingering hope for genuine universal suffrage, as well as our core values and own way of living, rooted in our cosmopolitan city. The evening commemoration at the University of Hong Kong embarked on our mourning and sincere respect towards those Tiananmen students’ innocent lives, as well as watching the video illustrating the scenes during the June Fourth Massacre. My heart was tugged with mixed sadness and admiration when watching those daring students who were marching in the front-line in the last minute at the expense of their lives, and stayed fearless to their continual pursue for freedom. While during the dialogue session, a senior journalist was sharing his media covers during the massacre, while the other guests were presenting their retrospective thoughts of the Tiananmen protest and the controversy of Hong Kong identity, to the seas of participants under the dazzle of candlelight.
Free from China’s strict media censorship, Hong Kong is the only place in Chinese soil where we are able to mourn the trauma of Tiananmen, reminding us this piece of history was full of blood and anguish. China, which is airing its grievance towards Japan for visiting Yasukuni Shrine and whitewashing history textbooks on one hand, ironically seldom confronts its bloodshed history of Tiananmen Massacre on the other. When will China learn from Germany, rather than just continue turning an irresponsible blind eye, but to face its history with heartfelt and deepest apology? ♦