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June 4: They are here… for justice and dignity

For many local Catholics, the annual commemoration to recall the bloody crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square on 4 June 1989 begins with a prayer vigil at a bandstand kiosk hundreds of metres away from the main event site at Victoria Park The gathering has attracted 800 to 1,000 of the faithful in recent years. 
 

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Thousands pray for Tiananmen Massacre victims

HONG KONG (SE): Over 1,000 people came together on June 4 at the music kiosk of Victoria Park for a prayer service for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing 30 years ago. The gathering was organised by the Union of Hong Kong Catholic Organisations in support of the Patriotic and Democratic Movement in China.
 
Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong, said the victims of the massacre will always be remembered even though 30 years have passed, because they showed the beautiful side of human nature. 
 

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Forum deliberates role of the Church in democratic movements

HONG KONG (SE): In response to the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, the Justice and Peace Commission and the Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs organised a forum at St. Vincent’s parish, Wong Tai Sin, on May 25, to look at democratic movements in the modern history of South Korea, Taiwan and China and the role of the Church in these events. 
 

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