Several events have been planned in Hong Kong to mark the 28th anniversary of the June 4th Tiananmen massacre on Sunday.

An annual candlelit vigil will be hosted by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, an organisation formed in May 1989 to support the democratic movement in Beijing that year.

It will start at the Victoria Park football pitches at 8pm.

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A Tiananmen commemoration in Hong Kong, 2016. Photo: Todd Darling.

The Alliance will hold a forum in Cantonese before the vigil.

Topic: The challenges at the 20th anniversary of the handover
Date and time: June 4, 4:00-5:30pm
Location: Number two area, Victoria Park

Last year, 11 student unions of universities and higher education institutions held a joint event, in an effort to separate themselves from the Alliance.

This year, five institutions will hold a smaller joint event and individual universities will host their own events. The forums will also be in Cantonese.


Posted by 香港公開大學學生會 The Open University of Hong Kong Students’ Union on Tuesday, 30 May 2017

A joint forum will be hosted by the student unions of Lingnan University, Education University, Open University, Chu Hai College of Higher Education, and the Hong Kong Community College – a subsidiary of the Polytechnic University.

Topic: Reviewing the past and thinking of the future: What will be Hong Kong people’s fate?
Date and time: June 3, 8:00-10:00pm
Location: Room D0212, Jubilee College, Open University
Speakers: Raymond Wong Yuk-man (former lawmaker), Joseph Tse Chi-fung (journalist), Tam Tak-chi, Au Loong-yu (pro-democracy activists), Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong (Alliance vice-chairman)


Posted by 新亞學生會 NASU on Saturday, 27 May 2017

The central student union of the Chinese University will not host an event. However, the university has a federal system; seven student unions of its nine internal colleges will host a joint forum.

Topic: As Hong Kong and China grow further apart, where to start when talking about the meaning of June 4th?
Date and time: June 4, 2:00-4:15pm
Location: New Asia Concourse, New Asia College
Speakers: Erik Mak Ka-wai (RTHK journalist and moderator), Joseph Tse Chi-fung (journalist), Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Nathan Law Kwun-chung (lawmakers), Raymond Wong Yuk-man, Frederick Fung Kin-kee (former lawmakers)

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Posted by 香港大學學生會 The Hong Kong University Students’ Union on Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The student union of the University of Hong Kong will host a separate forum around the same time.

Topic: The Residual Significance of June Fourth Massacre when Patriotism Comes to an End
Date and time: June 4, 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Rayson Huang Theatre
Speakers: Andy Chan Ho-tin (pro-independence activist), Lee Cheuk-yan (Alliance secretary), Joseph Lian Yi-zhang (academic and commentator)

An annual music show that anyone can join called “dizzidenza,” or dissident voices, will be held, treausuring open space and open voices.

Date and time: June 3, 8:09pm
Location: Square outside Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, near the “The Flying Frenchman” or the “Freedom Fighter” sculpture.

The reasons given by the student unions of other schools not hosting events were listed in a summary by Citizen News:

  • Shue Yan University: Local history is more important than June 4th.
  • Baptist University: Hoped to spend resources and time on local history.
  • University of Science and Technology: Inadequate manpower with a temporary administration (no student union administration was successfully elected).
  • Polytechnic University: The temporary administration does not have the right to host events in the name of the student union.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.