HONG KONG — Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong who plan a protest to mark the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989 vowed that the colony's hand-over to China will not stop them from commemorating the event in the future.
"We will still hold the gathering even if they ban it," veteran campaigner Szeto Wah told a news conference Thursday.
He said the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of the Patriotic Democratic Movement in China plans to hold its traditional candlelight vigil June 4 in memory of those who died when Chinese troops and tanks crushed the student-led pro-democracy movement around Beijing's Tiananmen Square eight years ago.
The activists also plan to display in a Hong Kong park a 26-foot-high sculpture titled the "Pillar of Shame" by Danish artist Jens Galschiot that portrays 50 painfully twisted human bodies.
It is not clear whether Hong Kong's post-colonial government, which will be led by former shipping magnate Tung Chee-hwa, will seek to ban the annual pro-democracy protest.