“In both the 1989 crackdown and the anti-extradition protests, I see many ordinary people fighting for a bigger cause. That includes those who protected Hong Kong’s system last year, and those who fought for democracy and freedom in 1989. They chose to sacrifice themselves. As a result, even though we see that China heightened political surveillance since 1989 and we can’t see any end of the tunnel after the anti-extradition protests, we will remember everyone’s commitment to the movements. It’s moments like this that remind me of each and every one of them. They also reminded us that the glory of human nature is priceless. Because of this we see that the 1989 movements and the anti-extradition protests, moved many people and inspired them to show support.” － Kenneth Lam, Lawyer
It’s thirty-one years since the June 4th crackdown in Tiananmen Square but for many of those who witnessed it, the memories remain sharp. This includes Kenneth Lam, the chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Students in 1989. He was in the Square that night to support the students from Beijing.
Having survived the crackdown, Kenneth considers it a lifelong personal duty to mourn the dead and speak the truth.
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