June 4th Is A Matter of Conscience

Indeed, part of what Donald Tsang said was true – the ugly murders took place a long time ago, twenty years, to be exact. Hong Kongers would rather not be reminded of the atrocious event year after year on June 4th. After all, it is a painful memory of a tragedy that served to underline our fear of the horrors of autocratic rule in our motherland. I can still recall the scene in Toronto in which I broke down in tears when I watched TV news while in my brother-in-law’s house – I saw tanks rolling towards Tiananmen Square and the frightened students scrambling to get away, some carrying the wounded on carts. The first thought that came to mind was: “Why on earth are they using tanks to kill those helpless and unarmed young people? Why are the soldiers killing the peacefully demonstrating students?”

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