Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said Monday’s annual vigil and march to commemorate the Tiananmen Massacre demonstrates that Hong Kong respects and upholds freedom.

Organisers said 115,000 attended the Victoria Park commemoration, whilst the police said 17,000 attended at its peak. After the event, several political parties marched to the China Liaison Office in Sai Wan and held a protest outside the front gate.

Carrie Lam
Carrie Lam. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

“What is most necessary for me to say is that Hong Kong respects freedom of speech, and respects individuals’ expression of their stances,” Lam said ahead of the weekly Executive Council meeting on Tuesday.

“Last night, with the coordination of the police, there was a rally and a march – I believe it reflects Hong Kong’s characteristics of respecting and upholding freedom.”

Tiananmen Massacre vigil Victoria Park 2018

The Tiananmen massacre occurred on June 4, 1989 ending months of student-led demonstrations in China. It is estimated that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people died when the People’s Liberation Army was deployed to crack down on protesters in Beijing. Information on the incident is censored in mainland China.

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Kris Cheng

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.