Hong Kong and the Tiananmen Playbook

Louisa Lim, Graeme Smith

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    The explosion of Hong Kong’s season of discontent began the same week an estimated 190,000 people turned out in Victoria Park to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the 3–4 June 1989 crackdown on student-led protests in Beijing and elsewhere in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Even though the Party-state has largely succeeded in excising the deadly suppression from the collective memory on the mainland, the events of 1989 are still lodged deep in the Hong Kong consciousness. Back then, a million Hong Kongers marched in solidarity with the mainland protestors and, after the deadly suppression, they helped smuggle activists out of China. Thirty years on, Hong Kongers continue to turn out to the annual vigil, knowing they bear the moral weight of being the only people on Chinese soil who may openly remember this recent history
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChina Story Yearbook 2019: China Dreams
    Editors J Golley, L Jaivin, B Hillman & S Strange
    Place of PublicationCanberra
    PublisherANU Press
    ISBN (Print)9781760463731
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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