This year marks the 43nd anniversary of the ‘April 5 Tiananmen Incident’. Through the wreath-laying ceremony and photo exhibition, the Alliance will remember the martyrs who sacrificed for democracy and express our determination to support the Chinese democratic movement.
Date:5 April, 2019 (Fri) Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza Section D (next to the Clock Tower)
Starting from 11am, the Alliance and fellow organizations will carry out a wreath-laying ceremony. The venue is open until 6pm, and the public is welcome to present flowers.
From 4pm to 5 pm, the webcast ‘National Decoding’ will be broadcast live. All are welcomed to join the discussion.
Remarks: The Alliance can help individuals and organizations to order wreaths. If you wish to order, please fill in the wreath order form. ⬆️TOP
📌‘Never Forget June 4’ 30th anniversary long-distance run
On 15 April 1989, Hu Yaobang, the former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CCP), died of illness in Beijing. Big-character posters of condolence to Hu appeared in various universities in Beijing. The content of these posters facilitated discussion of the political situation. The commemorative activities gradually evolved into a democracy movement under the slogan ‘against corruption, demanding democracy’ which spread throughout the country. Groups and individuals from Hong Kong and the world who cared about the Chinese democracy movement expressed their solidarity. The 1989 democracy movement was ended by the CCP’s bloody suppression on the evening of June 3.
The Alliance endeavors to reach the goal by combining the ‘Never give up’ spirit of long-distance running and the spirit of the 1989 democracy movement. The run will pass several historical landmarks where Hong Kong people supported the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations. This allows the runners, the public and tourists to revisit the moment of ‘Dare not remember but dare not forget’. The route is about 15 km.
The June 4 Long Distance Running Team will start the run from the Clock Tower, Tsim Sha Tsui at 6:20am that day. They will pass the location of former June 4 Museum, then take the ferry to Wanchai Pier. They will run about 15 km before 8:45am and join the other runners at Times Square in Causway Bay. From there, they will all run to the Liaison Office in Western District (total 30 km). This reminds us of the spirit of continuing 30 years of support for the Chinese democracy movement and of passing on the torch.
Date: 14 April, 2019 (Sunday, the eve of the 30th anniversary of the death of Hu Yaobang, former CCP General Secretary) Start time: 8:45 am Start: Under the big clock, Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (Causeway Bay MTR Exit A) Finish: Liaison Office (floral tribute to the statue of Goddess of Democracy)
Distance: about 15km Route: Under the big clock, Causeway Bay Times Square ⇨ Former Xinhua News Agency Hong Kong Branch ⇨ Happy Valley Racecourse ⇨ Hong Kong Central Library ⇨ Victoria Park ⇨ Ta Kung Pao old site ⇨ Wanchai Golden Bauhinia Square ⇨ Legislative Council Complex Main Entrance ⇨ Tamar Park ⇨ People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison Headquarters ⇨ Chater Garden ⇨ Former Legislative Council Building (Court of Final Appeal) ⇨ Chater Road Pedestrian Street ⇨ Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum ⇨ Swire Bridge, University of Hong Kong ⇨ Pillar of Shame’, Haking Wong Podium and place statue of Liu Xiaobo by the Students’ Union ⇨ Western District Police Station ⇨ The Liaison Office
1. You are welcome to join the whole route, just a portion, or to hold a relay.
2. Deadline for registration: 8 April 2019 (Mon)
3. Fee: free of charge. The Alliance will provide each runner with a t-shirt with the slogan ‘running towards vindicating June 4’.
4. Online registration: https://goo.gl/xLgAJb
5. Online route: https://goo.gl/aiszqh
6. Route, landmarks details and download registration form: https://goo.gl/Dm1TXs
We can also organize exhibitions, video shows and joint seminars on the democracy movement and June 4 for your communities, schools or organizations. The following is a list of exhibition boards and videos for reference. We hope that through these activities, participants will understand the causes and consequences of the 1989 democracy movement, learn from history and explore the significance of building a fair and just society, re-establish the relationship between individuals and the state, and think about what we can do for the country.
After two years of co-organizing the exhibition with the Centre for Community Cultural Development at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, with the Alliance’s purchase of its own venue in Mong Kok and resetting the June 4th Museum, it will once again organize an exhibition of the 1989 democratic movement on its own property in late April this year.
The exhibition is divided into two major areas around the themes of ‘memory, justice, hope’. At the entrance of the June 4 area, the 1989 democratic movement and June 4 massacre (memory and justice) are displayed through pictures, videos, cultural relics and 30 must-know people and incidents about ‘June 4th’. The color grey in this area emphasizes the dark moments and the inheritance of history. The other area is dominated by the color white symbolizing hope. It includes an exhibition of democracy and human rights struggles over the past 30 years, a reading pavilion and a democracy wall to encourage participants to continue the spirit of the 1989 democracy movement and strive for democracy and human rights.
The June 4th Museum welcomes appointments from schools and groups. The visit time can be arranged according to the needs of schools and groups. Interested parties please contact the Alliance by email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 2770 6083. For more detail, please contact 2459 6489.
Dates: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May 2019(every Fri) Time: 19:30 to 21:30 (two hours) Venue: Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union (HKPTU) Headquarters, 7th floor, Chung Kiu Commercial Building, 51 Shantung Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon Fees: 5 seminars, $20 each; half price for students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and CSSA recipients
Seminars: 3 May (Fri) Seminar 1: Speaker: Mr. Willy Wo-Lap LAM (Chinese political commentator)
10 May (Fri) Seminar 2: Speaker: Dr. Ng Ming-tak Victor (Banker, Adjunct Associate Professor of Hong Kong Baptist University)
17 May (Fri) Seminar 3: Speaker: Mr. Patrick Poon Kar-Wai (Researcher at Amnesty International)
24 May (Fri) Seminar 4: Speaker: Mr. Ching Cheong (current affairs commentator)
31 May (Fri) Seminar 5: Speaker: Dr. Ting Wai (Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University)
– By mail: Please complete the reply slip together with a crossed cheque (Payable to ‘Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China’) and send to 8th floor, Good Hope Building, 618 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, with the envelope marked ‘Seminar Series ‘ ‘. Please include a return envelope affixed with a $2 stamp.
– In person: register and pay at General Services of HKPTU Mong Kok Service Centre (8th floor, Good Hope Building, 618 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon) or Causeway Bay Service Centre (M/F Wing Tak Mansion, 15 Canal Road West, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong).
📌 Cleaning the “Pillar of Shame”, a floral tribute to Liu Xiaobo
In 1997, the Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot produced the 7-meter-high Pillar of Shame for the 8th anniversary of June 4 to pay witness to the development of democracy and human rights in the same year as Hong Kong’s handover to China. In 1998, the Hong Kong University Students’ Union passed a referendum to permanently display the Pillar of Shame. For more than 10 years, the Alliance has cleaned the Pillar of Shame at the Haking Wong Podium, University of Hong Kong.
Liu Xiaobo, a famous Chinese writer and Nobel Peace Prize winner, died on 13 July 2017. On 28 December 2018, the birthday of Liu Xiaobo, the Hong Kong University Students’ Union placed Liu Xiaobo’s statue outside of the Union’s Office.
Date: 4 May, 2019 (Sun) Time: 1 pm Venue: Haking Wong Podium, University of Hong Kong
During the 1989 democracy movement, the student demonstrators in Tiananmen Square were not afraid to face the CCP-controlled army. They flew kites to interfere with the military helicopters hovering above the square. Today, we follow the Beijing students flying kites and express our longing for democracy, with hope that the kites of democracy will fly to mainland China.
Date: 5 May, 2019 (Sun) Venue: Clear Water Bay Country Park, Sai Kung Time: 2-4pm
a. Gathering time: 1pm
b. Gathering place: Outside MacPherson Playground, Mong Kok junction of Nelson Street and Sai Yee Street, near China Travel Service)
c. Kites for Democracy: start at 2pm
d. Return time: around 4pm Coach will go to the June 4 Museum. All are welcomed to visit.
a. Participants can travel to Clear Water Bay Country Park in Sai Kung on their own.
b. The Alliance arranges coach service round-trip fare: $40. to facilitate participants’ travel to the Country Park. Kites from the Alliance are $10 each.
c. In the event of bad weather such as thunderstorm, the event will be cancelled. Please pay attention to announcements.
d. Sale of kites is available at the venue. Participants can buy the kites themselves.
e. Please bring your own water.
a. Please send your reply slip and crossed cheque or bank slip to the Alliance in person or by post.
b. If you are kiting and going to the above location yourself, please inform the Alliance secretariat at 2782 6111 of the number of participants.
c. All local groups are welcome to organize activities on the same day and join Kites for Democracy in the afternoon.
It has been almost 30 years since June 4 and its global impact. Since the Chinese government banned discussion of June 4, the truth about what happened that day has not yet been fully revealed. It is essential to have serious discussions to arouse global attention to China’s political development, exploring feasible directions for the Chinese democracy movement under the current bad situation, and building momentum for the sustainable development of democracy worldwide.
On the eve of the 30th anniversary of June 4, the New School for Democracy and the Hong Kong Alliance are co-organizing the ‘30th anniversary of June 4: International Symposium on New Values and Pathways of Democracy Movement in China’ in Taipei and Hong Kong on 18-19 May 2019.
There are four main topics in the symposium:
1. Retrospect: Truth and controversy of the 1989 democracy movement and June 4 crackdown
2. View: The development of the Chinese democracy movement after June 4
3. Impact: Visions of Taiwan, Hong Kong and the international community
4. Future: The prospects for the Chinese democracy movement
Fee: (additional donations are welcome) Groups: $50 each Individuals: $10 each
Exact wording of advertisement:
“We are determined to continue supporting the patriotic and democratic movement!
Release all dissidents! Vindicate the 1989 pro-democracy movement! Accountability for the massacre! End one-party dictatorship! Build a democratic China!
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the June 4’ massacre, and the theme is ‘The people will not forget – Vindicate June 4! Justice will prevail!’ We are convinced that ‘the people will not forget’ is the most accurate characterization of the experience of Hong Kong people in the past 30 years. Only upholding the truth can lead us to justice.
The Alliance encourages young people to promote democracy in China and build a new China that respects human rights and freedom, and implements the rule of law, democracy, prosperity and justice.
We firmly believe that democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law will be realized in China.”
Declaration of the Patriotic Democratic March on the 30th Anniversary of June 4
Ladies and gentlemen,
I believe that no one has forgotten the biggest march ever in the history of Hong Kong 30 years ago. On that day, Chinese people around the world responded to the call of the students in Beijing and launched a global march in cities worldwide. In Hong Kong, 1.5 million people took part. Not only was it the biggest in the world, but it was also unprecedented in the history of the city.
Although the 1989 democracy movement was ended by the June 4 Massacre, Hong Kong people have never forgotten it. Over the past 30 years, no matter the weather, we have marched in the lead-up to June 4 to continue to uphold the ideals and determination for democracy initiated by the students and citizens of China. If you have marched with us over the past 30 years, you walked at least two hours per year. Assuming one step per second, that’s 7,200 steps each year, or at least 216,000 steps in 30 years. Step by step, thousands of visible and invisible footprints are the best emblem of our firm belief in democracy.
The 30-year-long road to democracy, as Mr Szeto Wah said for many years, has been ‘rough, twisting and long’, and full of reversals, ‘one step forward and two steps back’. In recent years, people have become more and more aware of going backward. We once looked north and hoped for the arrival of a democratic China, but now there’s no sign of democracy there. Instead, authoritarian suppression of human rights and freedom has been heading south to Hong Kong. Some people may ask, Is there any hope?
I think of the last paragraph in Lu Xun’s story, “Hometown”:
“I thought: hope cannot be said to exist, nor can it be said not to exist. It is just like roads across the earth. For actually the earth had no roads to begin with, but when many men pass one way, a road is made.”
It’s true that the road exists where people make it. There is no way to say whether the road to democracy exists or does not exist. If we persist and do not give up, the road to democracy lies before us.
As long as our passion and the candlelight remain, the road will not be blocked. We must courageously and righteously advance toward the vision of democracy in China and resist the current attacks on Hong Kong’s human rights. We are determined to stand firm and continue walking step by step.
The people will not forget. Vindicate June 4! Justice will prevail! Release the dissidents! Rehabilitate the 1989 pro-democracy movement! Demand accountability for the June 4 massacre! End one-party dictatorship! Build a democratic China!
The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China
Theme: The people will not forget – Vindicate June 4! Justice will prevail!
Release all dissidents! Vindicate the 1989 pro-democracy movement! Accountability for the massacre!
End one-party dictatorship! Build a democratic China!
Date: 26 May, 2019 (Sun) Time: Gather at 3 pm Route:
(Assembly point) Wanchai Southorn Playground Basketball Courts ( 130-150 Hennessy Road, Wanchai , Wanchai MTR Exit B1 ) to the Liaison Office in Western District
**a forum will be held before the march at 1-2:30pm
📌 Candlelight Vigil for the 30th Anniversary of June 4
🔖 64 candlelight vigil Pagehttps://64vigil.wordpress.com Theme:Mourn the victims of the 1989 democracy movement, inherit the spirit of the martyrs of democracy
Date: 4 June, 2019 (Tue) Time: 8 pm Place: Victoria Park Soccer Pitches
**a forum will be held before the candlelight vigil at 4-5:30pm
Remark: The Alliance can order wreaths for groups and individuals. If you wish to order, please fill in the reply slip.
香港支聯會 – 釋放民運人士．平反八九民運．追究屠城責任．結束一黨專政．建設民主中國 Release the dissidents. Rehabilitate the 1989 pro-democracy movement. Demand accountability of the June 4th massacre. End one-party dictatorship. Build a democratic China.