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Hong Kong remembers Tiananmen massacre
The Epoch Times
6/4/2004



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HONG KONG - Hong Kong University released a new survey indicating that 54 percent of Hong Kong citizens support the redress of the 1989 June 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre, and 23 percent oppose it. Nearly 70 percent of people believe that the Chinese government mishandled the student movement.

Hong Kong University conducted the survey of over 1000 Hong Kong citizens in May. The results showed that 42 percent of those surveyed believe that the students were right, and 10 percent believe that the students were wrong. In response to questions about the Chinese government's handling of the student demonstrations, 10 percent people think the government handled it correctly, and 67 percent think they did not handle it correctly.

The survey also found that 54 percent of those surveyed support the redress of 1989 June 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre, and 23 percent opposed it.

In terms of human rights issues, 70 percent think that the situation has improved since 1989, while 63 percent expect the situation to improve in the next three years.

In addition, 71 percent believe that Hong Kong has a responsibility to push for China's democratic development. Seventy-six percent think Hong Kong should push for China's economic development. Forty-four percent of those surveyed think that China's economic development is more important than the democratic development. Twenty-four percent thought that democratic development was more important.

In response to questions about the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, 16 percent think it should be dismissed, and 52 percent think it should not. The support rate of the organization reached 49.2 percent, which is 1.7 percent higher than the same time last year.

Zhong Tingyao, director of the Public Opinion Program at Hong Kong University, said that due to Hong Kong’s recent political situation, the rate of support towards the redress of the 1989 June 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre is the highest it’s been since Hong Kong’s return back to China in 1997.

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