Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hong Kong Keeping the Memory of June 4 Alive (Who Knew?)

When the UK handed Hong Kong over to China in 1997, I thought it spelled the beginning of the end for any kind of democracy and dissent in Hong Kong.

Recent events have not only proved that dissent is alive and well in Hong Kong, but that creative resistance is a Hong Kong strong suit.

The June 4, 2014, commemoration of the Tiananmen Massacre in Hong Kong included these images:

A sign of hope if ever there was one.

See Visual Imagery of Hong Kong Protests Jan 1 2010

Sign the "We will not forget June 4!" appeal.

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"How can it be that no one is speaking directly to what happened?" I wondered. "Should I say something? Is it just me? Can it be possible that most people aren't like me, tremendously troubled by how we should respond to what has happened in China?"

(See Remember June 4)

She said, "Don't you think they went too far with the 'Democracy' statue?"

(See HK's Goddess of Democracy )

Despite the difficulties associated with engaging in effective solidarity with dissidents in China, it is important to make the effort. A fundamental tenet of all peace and justice activism is that if we have the power to speak we can do anything, and if "they" succeed in shutting us up, it's the beginning of the end.

(See What is the US Peace and Justice Movement Doing for Dissidents in China?)