30 Years After Tiananmen: Hong Kong Remembers

Issue Date April 2019
Volume 30
Issue 2
Page Numbers 64-69
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The three landmark events in Hong Kong’s ongoing struggle for democracy over the past thirty years were directly or indirectly connected with the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Inspired by the sacrifices of the students and citizens in Beijing, Hong Kong people continue to strive to establish a democratic system to defend Hong Kong’s way of life against interference by the Chinese Communist Party. The souls of Tiananmen Square have not left Hong Kong, and Hong Kong’s persistent struggle for democracy may have preserved the seeds of change in China.

About the Author

Benny Tai is associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, where he studies constitutional development and the rule of law. In 2014, he was one of the leaders of the Occupy Central movement and the Umbrella Movement striving for the introduction of universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

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