- Title: Hundreds protest in Hong Kong for better human rights in China
- Date: 28th May 2017
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (MAY 28, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PROTEST LEAVING MARCH STARTING POINT ORGANISERS LEE CHEUK YAN (2ND LEFT) AND RICHARD TSOI (3RD LEFT) LEADING PROTEST PROTESTERS CHANTING (Cantonese) "BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR CRIMES" BANNER READING (Chinese/English): "VINDICATE JUNE 4TH" (SOUNDBITE)(English) VICE-CHAIRMAN OF HONG KONG ALLIANCE IN SUPPORT OF PATRIOTIC DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENTS OF CHINA (HK ALLIANCE), RICHARD TSOI, SAYING: "We see we still have the responsibility to call for justice and secondly, Hong Kong is now part of China. Hong Kong people also see we need to change political structure of China so as to protect the freedom and human rights of Hong Kong." VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING POLICE OBSERVING PROTEST (SOUNDBITE)(Cantonese) PROTESTER, CHOI SUK-FONG, SAYING: "China will deliberately suppress its people's rights, this is why people don't know (about June 4). And there's a chance Hong Kong will slowly have its voice silenced. So, I think if we can do it now, we should come out." BANNER READING (Chinese) "END ONE PARTY RULE" PEOPLE CHANTING (Cantonese) "BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR CRIMES" VARIOUS OF PERSON DRESSED UP AS MILITARY TANK MARCHING (SOUNDBITE)(Cantonese) PROTESTER, LOUIS WONG, SAYING: "Military tanks repressed the students in June 4 (1989). Even though they're not using military tanks to repress civil society's rights in mainland China, the suppression over the last 28 years has not stopped. So, we're here to tell people with the military tank prop that repression has never stopped." PROTESTER HOLDING SIGN READING (Chinese): 1989 JUNE 4TH, MATTERS TO HONG KONG PEOPLE" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS HOLDING A COFFIN PROP VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING
- Embargoed: 11th June 2017 10:22
- Keywords: security human rights march
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IR4TAD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets on Sunday (May 28) to demand better human rights in China ahead of the 28th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing.
Organisers and protesters say Beijing should admit and be responsible for what happened June 4th 1989 where tanks rolled into Beijing's Tiananmen Square to break up student-led pro-democracy protests. A vigil on the night of June 4 in commemoration of the crackdown is scheduled to be held in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule under a deal to preserve wide-ranging freedoms, is the only place on Chinese soil where commemorations of June 4 are tolerated. Even discussion of the 1989 protests, termed "counter-revolutionary" by Beijing, is taboo on the mainland.
China has never released a death toll but estimates from human rights groups and witnesses range from several hundred to several thousand.
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