Daily Archives: May 27, 2014

HISTORY – Tiananmen Square 1989: Before the Tanks & Bloodshed

Around 1.5 million Hong Kongers gathered in late May, 1989 to show solidarity with protesters in Tiananmen Square…

Statue Square, Hong Kong, May 1989

Statue Square, Hong Kong, May, 1989

…Meanwhile, in Beijing, thousands of students, workers and hunger strikers were demonstrating against corruption, inflation and the lack of civil liberties under one-party rule. The photos below show the days and weeks in the run-up to the notorious crackdown on June 4th.

EVENT – Tiananmen Massacre Vigil: 25 Years On – Next Wed, Victoria Park.

Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers will gather in Victoria Park next Wednesday night (June 4th) to remember those killed in the Tiananmen Square massacre. The annual candlelit vigil begins at 8pm but it is advisable to arrive early. Hong Wrong will be covering the event (see coverage from  201320122009).

Hong Kong's Candlelit vigil 2014

On May 21st, 1989, Hong Kong saw its biggest ever protest. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China organised a solidarity march for those involved in the Tiananmen Square demonstrations – it bought 1.5 million people onto the streets. Huge protests continued on the 28th and on June 4th itself.