SOURCE: WALL STREET JOURNAL
By Isabella Steger
A growing rift over the relevance of a Hong Kong vigil commemorating China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has led organizers to link it to the city’s democracy movement and the Occupy protests that last year energized a new generation of students.
Tens of thousands of people are still expected to pour into the annual candlelight vigil in Victoria Park, despite more young people questioning whether the event fully reflects the urgency of their own fight for democracy in Hong Kong.
Lee Cheuk-yan, former chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, which organizes the vigil, said this year’s event will try to connect the student protests of 1989 in Beijing to the Occupy protests in Hong Kong last year, which challenged Beijing on how the city should elect its leader.
“Our strategy is to link the two things, so people can see that democracy in Hong Kong and in China are part of the same resistance. Their opponent is the same,” said Mr. Lee. “The two fights are the same fight”.
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