Places in the UK commemorating the 33rd Anniversary of the June 4th

Places in the UK commemorating the 33rd anniversary of the June 4th

Demonstrators placed paper tanks outside the Chinese embassy in the UK and pointed the muzzles of the paper tanks at the embassy. (Voice of America Zheng Lejie)


There are groups in many places in the United Kingdom to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the June 4th Incident. Among them, Hong Kong people organized a large number of participants to continue the rallies that could not be held in Hong Kong, and to connect overseas Uyghurs, Tibetans, and even Ukrainians.

In London, England several groups organized demonstrations on June 4 to mourn the victims of the June 4 incident in Beijing in 1989. For the third consecutive year, Hong Kong people were not allowed to hold candlelight mourning rallies on June 4 under the high pressure of the Hong Kong police to restrict demonstrations. Only a few citizens mourned in different forms near Victoria Park. Under the tide of immigration, about 100,000 Hong Kongers moved to the UK last year, and several local events were held to commemorate June 4th.

On June 4, 2022, London police stopped a paper tank carried by demonstrators from approaching the embassy outside the Chinese embassy in the UK. (Voice of America Zheng Lejie)

About 400 people attended Amnesty International's candlelight party outside the Chinese embassy in London. A group of demonstrators repeatedly tried to move a paper tank outside the Chinese embassy ​​but were stopped by police. In their first move, demonstrators blocked traffic for about five minutes. At the end of the rally, demonstrators tore up paper tanks in protest.

In addition to Hong Kong people, the organizers invited members of other human rights groups to speak, including those from Tibet and Xinjiang overseas, and played audio recordings of members of the Tiananmen Mothers group. After dark, the participants held candles high to commemorate the victims of the June 4th Incident.

On June 4, 2022, at the June 4th commemorative rally in London, protesters in support of Hong Kong, Tibet, and Ukraine took the stage to speak. (Voice of America/Zheng Lejie)

On June 4, 1989, Chinese troops bloody suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations in and around Tiananmen Square, and human rights groups estimated that thousands of people died. British government files, which were lifted in 2017, had estimated the death toll at 10,000. During the June 4th Incident, the Chinese military dispatched tanks to deal with demonstrators.

In Hong Kong:

Law Guancong, a former Hong Kong legislator in exile in the United Kingdom, told VOA that it is impossible to mourn June 4 in Hong Kong, and it is very important to continue in the United Kingdom.

Law Guancong, a former Hong Kong legislator, attends a commemoration rally for the June 4 incident outside the Prime Minister's Office at 10 Downing Street in London on June 4, 2022. (Voice of America/Zheng Lejie)

He said: "In Hong Kong, we can have grieving functions (Victoria Park), yet abroad we can, in any case, do a few considerable conventions, freely talk trademarks, for example, restoring June fourth or ending the one-party dictatorship. I think this is very It is an important responsibility for the Hong Kong community to continue its history and continue to awaken everyone's memory."

Leo, who is from Hong Kong and has lived in the UK for five years, told VOA that in the past, there were rallies in Victoria Park in Hong Kong to commemorate June 4th, and in the past few years. Demonstration at the Chinese embassy.

Demonstrators from Hong Kong hold a banner of "Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Times" with pro-Ukrainian demonstrators at a June 4 commemoration rally in London on June 4, 2022. (Voice of America/Zheng Lejie)

He said: "quite a while back, the number of individuals was a lot more modest than this year. This year, it was full of people. I doubt that next year will be how the venue will be arranged. Now it has almost filled the road. (I) see a lot of Hong Kong. After people come to the UK, I feel very relieved to continue to participate in these June 4 commemorative activities and fight against tyranny.”

UK & Hong Kong:

In other cities in the UK where Hong Kong people live, there are also rallies to mourn the June 4 incident, including Bristol and Manchester. , Edinburgh, etc.

Earlier on June 4, seven Hong Kong-based organizations and UK-based Ukrainian organizations jointly held a rally outside the British Prime Minister's Office in London, with about 300 people participating.

One of the hosts, former vice-chairman of Hong Kong Zhongzhi Cheng Jialong, said: "The significance of our presence here today is not just to mourn June 4th, but more importantly, we stand with all the people in the world who are oppressed by totalitarianism. 

Together, whether we are Hong Kong people, Chinese people, people from other places, or Ukrainians, we stand in this place today with one heart and one mind, resisting totalitarianism, and defending democracy."

Demonstrators lit candles outside the Chinese embassy in the UK in memory of the victims of June 4. (Voice of America Zheng Lexie)

The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance of China released video clips of parliamentarians from 12 countries to mourn the victims of the June 4th incident. They say that trying to erase their memories of June 4 is bound to fail. They have launched another initiative to study the use of international law to pursue officials who suppress Hong Kong's freedom. 

They will also strive for European governments to further review and restrict the export of dual-use products to Hong Kong to prevent those products from being used to spy on and suppress Hong Kong people.

They said: Through our legal accountability:

While the candles won't be lit in Victoria Park this year, the fire of June 4 will keep on being passed on around the world. They said: Through our legal accountability initiative, we will work to ensure that the spirit of democracy and freedom lives on around the world. The fire is given from one age to another. We firmly support the desire of the people of China and Hong Kong for freedom.”

On June 4, 2022, at a commemorative rally for the June 4th Incident held outside the Prime Minister's Office at 10 Downing Street in London, former Hong Kong Wong Tai Sin District Council member Lau Ka Man took the stage to speak. (Voice of America/Zheng Lejie)

Luo Guancong pointed out that Hong Kong and Chinese democracy activists are facing the same oppressive regime. Cui Yongjian, a doctor of history at the National University of Singapore who specializes in the history of Hong Kong, pointed out that the protesters' attempts to attack the Chinese embassy reminded him of the previous actions of attacking Chinese institutions after the June 4th Candlelight Gala in Hong Kong, because a large number of Hong Kong people Move to the UK.

In fact, this is very similar to the June 4 rally in Hong Kong. It is not purely to mourn June 4, but also to connect with the current politics, such as The past June 4 rallies may have been to denounce some of the CCP's evil deeds."

He pointed out that Hong Kong people mourning June 4 in the UK has evolved into connecting overseas Uyghurs, Tibetans, and even Ukrainians.

The June 4 gathering in Hong Kong, nevertheless, the nature and content have changed in light of the fact that he said: "Truly, there has been no immense change in nature since.  of different locations and circumstances."

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