English version below
Declaration of March for the 28th Anniversary of ‘June 4th’
Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, 28 May 2017
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today is Sunday, May 28th. 28 years ago, May 28th was also a Sunday. On that day, various cities where many Chinese lived, including Hong Kong, invariably responded to the call of Beijing students at that time to launch the ‘global Chinese democracy march’ in their cities. 1.5 million Hong Kong people joined the march which was the highest number in the world. It is the historical record of the largest number of people participating in Hong Kong’s social movements so far. The support was important to the 1989 democracy movement, and a milestone achieved by Hong Kong people.
In the course of the development of the past 28 years, we unwaveringly and uninterruptedly marched on every Sunday before ‘June 4th’, regardless of good or bad times, how much pressure, challenge or test we faced. We insist on taking these steps for democracy. This insistence, rooted in the hearts of everyone, is the reflection of our righteousness and conscience. This cannot be eliminated by any pressure, question or test!
Ladies and gentlemen, the democratic path we insisted on in the past 28 years was absolutely not smooth but full of obstacles, twists, turns and difficulties. Let’s briefly review this history of ‘suppression and anti-suppression’.
The seventh year after 1989, Hong Kong people faced the coming of ‘1997’. At that time, the political situation between Hong Kong and China was extremely bad. Beijing ignored the ‘through train’ provisions of the Basic Law and set up the Provisional Legislative Council from scratch. Many democratic councillors were thus ‘driven off’ during the ‘1997 transition’. Also, many people were worried whether the Alliance would be banned for being a ‘subversive organization’ after 1997. The Alliance responded by insisting the work ‘beyond 1997’, calling on Hong Kong people to be prepared if the Alliance would be banned, and that every Hong Kong person with righteousness would lit a candle on one’s own in Victoria Park every June 4th to fight against totalitarianism.
In 2003, the 2nd seven-year after 1989, Hong Kong people faced a greater political challenge, Basic Law Article 23. In that year, as the people of Hong Kong did not accept their fate, surprisingly more than half a million people joined the ‘July 1st’ march and shocked the world. Thus the SAR Government finally withdrew the bill for Basic Law Article 23.
In the third seven-year after 1989, the Alliance faced direct political repression in 2010. In the beginning of the year, six executive committee members and volunteers of the Alliance were charged for ‘illegal assembly’ outside the Liaison Office as they showed solidarity to Liu Xiaobo for his 11-year sentence. At the end of May the same year, a new statue of the goddess of democracy just arrived Hong Kong and was shown outside Times Square by the Alliance. The police and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department forcefully stopped us and confiscated the statue. Because of our insistence, the new statue was retrieved and shown in the Victoria Park during June 4th Candlelight Vigil that year, then settled in the Chinese University of Hong Kong till now.
This year is the fourth seven-year after 1989. Hong Kong people are facing the 20th year after the handover. The mainland unprecedentedly suppress rights activists. In Hong Kong, the National People’s Congress ‘831 decision’ in 2014 vetoed the demand of ‘universal suffrage’ of Hong Kong people and triggered the ‘occupation movement’. CY Leung’s five years of governance outraged everyone. Causeway Bay Books incident occurred etc. The political depression is getting worse. In the face of continued suppression and political retrogression, we the ‘powerless’ should continue taking the courageous steps of democracy!
Finally, as what Mr Szeto Wah exhorted us in the past, ‘Insist to the end. That is victory!’
Vindicate June 4th! End dictatorial rule!
Release the dissidents! Rehabilitate the 1989 pro-democracy movement! Demand accountability of the June 4th massacre! End one-party dictatorship! Build a democratic China!
In the evening of June 4th, see you in Victoria Park!
- Vindicate June 4th! End Dictatorial Rule! The 28th Anniversary of JUNE 4
Patriotic Pro-democracy March
Themes: " Vindicate June 4”,“End Dictatorship" Release all dissidents!Vindicate the 1989 pro-democracy movement!Accountability for the massacre!End one-party dictatorship!Build a democratic China!
Date: 28 May 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 3 pm Assembly
Place: From Wanchai Southorn Playground marching to the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Western District)