Hongkongers mark Tiananmen anniversary with street protest

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Hongkongers mark Tiananmen anniversary with street protest

Hong Kong, May 27 (CNA) About 500 people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in a march to commemorate the people who were killed in the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4, 1989.

The protesters marched 4.3 kilometers from Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai to Beijing's liaison office in Sai Wan, chanting slogans and carrying placards that read "Ending One-Party Dictatorship" and "Building China with Democracy."

Some of the placards also bore the names of imprisoned Chinese human rights lawyers, whom the protesters said should be freed.

The march was organized by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China ahead of the 29th anniversary of the June 4 anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in which thousands of protesters reportedly were killed by government forces in Beijing.

Chairman of the alliance Albert Ho (何俊仁) said "ending one-party dictatorship" and "building China with democracy" are two of the alliance's five major founding guidelines.

To achieve democracy, the "one-party dictatorship" must end, Ho said, referring to the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Some Chinese officials and Beijing-friendly Hongkongers have argued that it is against the law to call for an end to one-party rule in China since the country's newly revised Constitution specifies the CPC's leadership as an essential feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

Each year, the Hong Kong alliance organizes a protest march and vigil to commemorate the lives lost in the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

While the Chinese government put the death toll from the bloody crackdown at about 200, reports on the incident said thousands were killed.

(By Stanley Cheung and Elizabeth Hsu)
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