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Two former student activists were barred from entering Hong Kong to attend the funeral of Szeto Wah, a long-time friend of the Chinese democracy movement. Wang Dan and Wu'er Kaixi were both student leaders during the 1989 democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. They say now Hong Kong's democratic freedoms are being eroded.
Szeto Wah was a Hong Kong legislator who helped dissidents flee China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, as authorities were tracking down and arresting the protestors.
Wang Dan and Wu'er Kaixi were among the many students who fled overseas. They wanted to attend Szeto's funeral this Saturday to give their condolences. But they say Hong Kong customs officials wouldn't let them in.
Wang Dan is concerned Hong Kong's democratic freedoms are eroding.
[Wang Dan, Former Student Activist]:
"I feel sorry for Uncle Wah, and hope he rests in peace in heaven. We are very sorry that we cannot say goodbye to him. Meanwhile, I also feel sorry for Hong Kong, because I see that 'one country, two systems' is dead in Hong Kong, and we are very concerned about Hong Kong's future."
Szeto died from lung cancer on January 2, at age 79. Thousands are expected to attend his funeral on
Saturday, January 29.
He was active in pushing for democracy in Hong Kong and China, and helped organize an annual candlelight vigil for the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
Hundreds, possibly thousands, are thought to have been killed by the Chinese regime in the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.