Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil set to keep 'dictatorship' slogans

  • Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil set to keep 'dictatorship' slogans

Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil set to keep 'dictatorship' slogans

"We join others in the worldwide community in urging the Chinese government to make a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing", he said.

The number of casualties has never been fully disclosed, though estimates by human rights groups and witnesses range from several hundred to several thousand.

Hong Kong residents commemorate victims of the Chinese government's brutal military crackdown almost three decades ago on protesters in 1989 Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

"On the 29th anniversary of the violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations in and around Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, we remember the tragic loss of innocent lives".

A music video honoring Liu was screened that depicted empty chairs in various unlikely locations - a visual motif adopted by supporters of the late democracy advocate to remind the world that, when Liu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, the Chinese government prevented him from attending the award ceremony.

"We join others in the global community in urging the Chinese government to make a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing", he added.

In response to Pompeo's comments, China had lodged "stern representations" with the United States, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Monday [4 June 2018].

"The U.S. Secretary of State has absolutely no qualifications to demand the Chinese government do anything", Hua added.

Reuters impishly notes that Chinese citizens can not read the fiery denunciation of Pompeo penned by Global Times editor Hu Xijin because he posted it on Twitter, which is banned by China's authoritarian government.

The Communist party of China does not mention the incident in Tiananmen to "help Chinese society move forward". The vigil that is held annually in Victoria Park is expected to draw tens of thousands of people.

"No matter how impossible it seems, we must persevere, in hope that China will one day have democracy", said a 61-year-old retiree who only gave his surname Yau.

While anti-China sentiment has been growing, especially among the young people, student unions of all eight Hong Kong universities shunned the memorial for the second consecutive year.

Foreigners' passports were checked by Chinese police at a checkpoint almost a kilometer from the square.

In Taiwan, the democratic and self-ruled island China claims as its own, President Tsai Ing-wen said that if China could face up to what had happened it could become the bedrock for China's own democratic transformation.

Mr Pompeo's statement is "groundlessly accusing the Chinese government and interfering in China's internal affairs".