Thursday, June 4, 2009

Eventual Vindication

Former pro-democracy leader Wang Dan tried to send a message to Chinese on the mainland -- to wear white today to mark the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen.
White is the colour of mourning for Chinese.
However, it seems few heeded his words, as the exiled former leader is based in the United States and the mention of his name is like saying a forbidden word.
A few of us foreigners are dressed in white in the office today, but other than that it has basically been a day just like any other, which is disappointing.
Thankfully though, the memory still lives strong in Hong Kong.
It is expected tens of thousands of people will descend on Victoria Park for a candelight vigil tonight.
They will make speeches, sing songs and shout for the government to acknowledge its wrongdoing, for the truth to be told on the mainland, and for democracy in all its forms to live on.
In the meantime, Hong Kong is fighting for its own democracy and freedoms. And only with greater awareness and appreciation for rights and freedoms can people fight with passion.
And commemorating this taboo subject is one way to protect their freedoms.
To those who died on June 3-4, 1989, we will remember. We will never forget you.
Twenty years later the truth is starting to come out with Zhao Ziyang's book and others speaking out. It was only a matter of time.
We will find out the truth eventually so your deaths will not be in vain.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There should be some sort of closure to the June 4 tragedy and let history be the judge. Zhao's spirit will live on and in the end he will be vindicated.