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Nearly one thousand protesters rallied in Hong Kong on Sunday. As June 4th draws near they are turning up the volume on calls for human rights and democracy in China. They also want the CCP regime to accept responsibility for the atrocities of the June 4th 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Here's that story:
These protesters gather in Hong Kong to call for human rights and democracy in China. They're also bringing attention to the anniversary of the June 4th Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.
Hong Kong pro-democracy legislator Lee Cheuk-Yuen says that the recent case of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng shows how little human rights progress has been made since 1989.
One China analyst says that the Party is unlikely to address the Tiananmen Square massacre after a power change later this year.
[Johnny Lau, China Analyst]:
"The first reason is that after the new leaders come into power, their main focus will be to consolidate their personal power. So with a really sensitive topic like June 4, they'll continue to ignore it."
17-year-old student Yanni Tsang is out protesting because she thinks it's important for citizens of Hong Kong to exercise their right to do so.
[Yanni Tsang, Student]:
"I think because it affects our Hong Kong democratic policy so I think we have the right and we should do something for this. So I think my age is big enough to join this event so that's why I joined."
Hong Kong, a former British colony handed back to China in 1997 with a promise of a high degree of autonomy, has remained a beacon for the overseas Chinese pro-democracy movement.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in an annual candlelight vigil on June 4th in a Hong Kong park to remember the victims of Tiananmen and call for human rights and democracy in China.