“Remember June 4” 24km Long Distance Run
This year is the 24th anniversary of the June 4 Massacre. The road to democracy in China is rugged, winding and long. We must persevere, and we shall advance towards our goal of vindicating June 4 and building a democratic China.
On April 15,1989, the former General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Hu Yaobang died of a heart attack. “Big character posters” in memory of Hu appeared on the campuses of major universities in Beijing. By the next day, the contents of the big character posters had changed from mourning Hu to a debate on current politics. Students also called for a just evaluation of Hu. Memorial wreaths were placed in Tiananmen Square. On April 17, several thousand Beijing university students marched spontaneously to Tiananmen Square to mourn Hu, shouting “Down with corruption!” and “Down with Bureaucracy!” Several thousand students marched in Shanghai as well. Thus began the impressive student movement and democratic movement of 1989.
The Alliance will hold the “Remember June 4” 24km Run on April 14 (Sunday, the eve of the 24th anniversary of the death of Hu Yaobang) to commemorate death of former Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Hu Yaobang and the 24th anniversary of the June 4 massacre. It will combine the spirit of long-distance running with the spirit of the 1989 democracy movement-- never giving up and putting all our effort toward achieving our goals. At 8:45 am (“8.9”), we will set off from University Circle, City University of Hong Kong, and begin a 24km run to commemorate the 24th anniversary of June 4. We will finish at the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong and lay flowers before its gates in memory of the martyrs who died in the course of the struggle for democracy.
Date: April 14th (Sunday)
Time: 8.45 a.m.
Place of assembly: University Circle, City University of Hong Kong
End point: At Liaison Office of Central People’s Government with presentation of bouquets
University Circle, City University of Hong Kong
In 1997, the Danish sculptor, Jens Galschiøt, sculpted a seven-meter-high “Pillar of Shame” to mark the 8th anniversary of June 4. He wishes to place it permanently in Hong Kong to bear witness to the development of democracy and human rights in Hong Kong after the resumption of Chinese sovereignty. Hong Kong Alliance’s application to place it in a public place was rejected by the Urban Council. When the Pillar arrived in Hong Kong, it was first erected in Victoria Park on June 3, then transported to the University of Hong Kong on the night of June 4. Although the university administration and the police attempted to thwart the entry of the Pillar, by 3 am they bowed to public pressure and the Pillar was erected on Haking Wong Podium. The following year, the Alliance applied again to the Urban Council for a permanent display location, while the Pillar went on a roving exhibition between the seven universities in Hong Kong. On March 29, 1998, the Pillar was erected at City University.
New Academic Building
Tat Chee Avenue
Across Waterloo Road
Turn left into Sir Run Run Shaw Building
Hong Kong Baptist University Student Union （~1.4km）
- Hong Kong Baptist University Student Union
In June 2012, the six-foot tall plaster statute of the Goddess of Democracy gifted by the Hong Kong Alliance was erected here. It was made by 6 Hong Kong arts students in 4 nights. It remains at the Student Union to bring the message of the democracy movement into the campus.
Kam Shing Road
Turn left at Austin Road Junction
Cox’s Road Junction
Cross Chatham Road South
Cheong Wan Road
Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union Building （~6.5km）
- Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union Building
On May 1st 2004, the unveiling ceremony of the Goddess of Democracy was held at the Peak Tower. After being on display at the Peak for two days, the statute went on a roving exhibition among the eight universities in Hong Kong, finally being erected at the Polytechnic University till today..
Hong Chong Road
Cross Harbour Tunnel Footbridge
Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade
Tsim Sha Tsui East Avenue of Stars
Tsim Sha Tsui East Riviera Garden
Clock Tower, Tsim Sha Tsui （~2.2km）
- Clock Tower, Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong Alliance has held National Day, Christmas Eve and Ching Ming Festival events here.
Crossing the Harbour by Star Ferry
Star Ferry Pier No. 7, Central
Man Yiu Street
Long Wo Road
Tamar Park （~1.3km）
On Sep 1, 2012, the “Civil Alliance Against National Education” held the “Conscience First, Protect our Children” school opening ceremony. Over 10,000 people joined despite rainy weather.
Legislative Council Complex
Central Government Headquarters
Tim Mei Avenue
Across Harcourt Road via footbridge
Turn left at Arsenal Street
Cross the road at Stewart Road
Former Tai Kung Po Office（~2km）
Former Ta Kung Pao office
After June 4, 1989, Ta Kung Pao published a leaflet entitled “Witnessing History”, with pictures and words documenting the development of the 1989 democracy movement. On May 20 1989, after the declaration of martial law in Beijing, Wen Wei Po, near Ta Kung Pao published a blank editorial, putting instead the words “Deep Anguish” at its place, shocking all in Hong Kong..
Canal Road West
Canal Road East
Under the Big Clock, Time Square（~0.7km）
- Under the Big Clock, Times Square
In 2009, from October 1 to 3, Hong Kong Alliance held the “Strive for Chinese Human Rights” 60-hour hunger strike and a series of events reflecting on the past 60 years of Chinese history, with the slogans, “60 years have passed, where are human rights? Have the Chinese people stood up?” On May 29, 2010, the New Goddess of Democracy statue and June 4 Massacre relief sculpture were transported from USA to Hong Kong, and were erected at Times Square by the Hong Kong Alliance. They were forcibly confiscated by the police, and thirteen Hong Kong Alliance Standing Committee members and volunteers were arrested. On the afternoon of May 30, after the demonstration commemorating the 21st anniversary of June 4, Hong Kong Alliance erected the Hong Kong-made Goddess of Democracy on Times Square. This was also confiscated by the police and two Standing Committee members, Lee Cheuk Yan and Leung Kwok Wah, were arrested. On June 2, under increasing public pressure, the police unconditionally returned the two Goddess of Democracy statues and the relief sculpture, transporting them to Victoria Park for public display. Standing Committee member Li Yiu Kee was subsequently politically prosecuted for failure to apply for an entertainment license. The verdict was handed down on June 29, 2011. Li was found guilty and fined $2000. Hong Kong Alliance paid the fine, but has also helped engage a lawyer to appeal the verdict. The appeal is still in proceeding. In recent years from June 2 to 4, the Hong Kong Federation of Students has been holding 64-hour hunger strike to commemorate June 4.
Kai Chiu Road
Across Yee Wo Street
Great George Street
Across Inner Gloucester Road
Victoria Park South Pavilion Square (Gate 7, Victoria Park) （~0.7km）
Victoria Park South Pavilion Square
For three days starting on January 19, 2005 at 12 noon, an altar was displayed at the South Pavilion Square of Victoria Park for people to lay flowers to mourn the death of Zhao Ziyang. Nearly 10,000 signatures were collected. People also expressed their views on a Democracy Wall that had been erected for the occasion.
South Road, Victoria Park
Victoria Park football field(where the annual June 4 candlelight vigil is held)
Victoria Park bronze statue (Exit Gate 1)
Across Causeway Road
Hong Kong Central Library（~0.4km）
Hong Kong Central Library
The Central Reference Library on the 9th floor has a large collection of books on June 4, including both the official and civil account of the event. It is a useful resource for the understanding and study of the history of the 89 Democracy Movement and June 4 Massacre.
Po Leung Kuk
Morrison Hill Road
Public Toilets outside Hong Kong Racing Museum
Happy Valley Racecourse（~1.3km）
- Happy Valley Racecourse
On the evening of May 21, 1989, the founding of Hong Kong Alliance was announced at the racecourse. On May 27, a 12-hour fundraising concert, “Songs of Democracy for China”, was held here, attracting a crowd of over 200,000. On June 4 of the same year, a silent vigil, “The Black Sit-In” was held. 200,000 Hong Kong citizens attended, all dressed in black.
Morrison Hill Road
through the underpass at Wong Nai Chung Road
former Xinhua News Agency, Hong Kong Branch（~0.2km）
- Former Xinhua News Agency, Hong Kong Branch （Now the Cosmopolitan Hotel)
On May 20, 1989, the Chinese government declared martial law in Beijing. Braving a signal-8 typhoon, 40,000 citizens marched from Victoria Park to the Xinhua News Agency. Up to the handover in 1997, the agency was the end point of the annual June 4 memorial march and most demonstrations supporting the democratic movement in China.
Intersection of Queen’s Road East and Hennessy Road（~1.4km）
Intersection of Queen’s Road East and Hennessy Road
Bank of China Tower
Crossing the Road at Garden Road
On May 4, 1989, the 70th anniversary of the May 4 Movement, over 5,000 university students marched to a rally at Chater Garden, in solidarity with the Beijing student movement.
Old Legislative Council
Since 1997, the Alliance has raised the motion of “Rectifying June 4th Verdict” at the Legco. The motion was passed only once before the handover by an overwhelming majority of 29 to 1. After the handover, although the motion still received the more than half of the total votes, it was still defeated since it failed to gain majority support in the Functional Constituency.
Chater Road Pedestrian Zone （~0.2km）
Chater Road Pedestrian Zone
This was the starting point of the two-million-man marches on May 21 and 28, 1989. Up until 1997, this was the starting point of the annual June 4 memorial march and most demonstrations supporting the democracy movement in China. After the handover, it became the starting point for a number of marches to the Lisison Office, including the “Fighting for Human Right in China” march on Oct 1 2009, and “Demanding a transparent investigation into the death of Li Wangyang” march on June 10 2012.
Queen’s Road Central
Sheung Wan Civic Centre
Queen’s Road West
Across High Street
Hing Hon Road
Across Bonham Road
Stairway at Swire Hall, University of Hong Kong
Swire Bridge, University of Hong Kong （~3.1km）
Swire Bridge, University of Hong Kong
Every year, the students at the University of Hong Kong re-paint the June 4 slogan on the bridge: “The murder of the city in cold blood / The heroic souls of the martrys will not disappear / The wolves will be eliminated / The spark of democracy will not be extinguished”
Pillar of Shame, Haking Wong Podium, University of Hong Kong（~0.6km）
Pillar of Shame, Haking Wong Podium, University of Hong Kong
On December 3, 1998, the Student Council of the University of Hong Kong voted to display the Pillar of Shame on a permanent basis on campus. The Pillar was moved to the University at noon that day and erected next to Haking Wong Podium. On June 2, 1999, the Pillar was transported to Victoria Park football field, where the June 4 candlelight vigil is annually held, and was subsequently moved by the HKU Student Council to the Haking Wong Podium on the night of June 4 for permanent display. The Pillar has remained here ever since.
West Gate, University of Hong Kong
Footbridge at Chiu Sheung School
Pok Fu Lam Road
Des Voeux Road West
Western District Police Station（~0.9km）
158A Connaught Road West
Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong
Since the handover in 1997 , many protests against the actions of the Chinese government have taken place outside the gates of the Liaison Office, the agency charged with representing the Chinese central government in Hong Kong.（~1.2km）
- Participants should consult their doctor before signing up and make sure that they are sufficiently physically fit for the long run.
- If participants feel ill in the days leading up to the event, they are advised to consult their doctor before joining the run.
- Please try to be unobtrusive to passers-by and pay attention to safety, as most of the sections are on public sidewalks.
- Please sleep well before the run.
- Please wear suitable clothing. Sportswear and running shoes are ideal.
- Please warm up before starting the run.
- Participants must abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the organizer.
- Participants are welcome to store their belongings in Hong Kong Alliance's support vehicles, but please do bring along change or an Octopus card, in case you have to quit the run. Then you can take public transport to the noon rally at the Pillar of Shame, and run together to the end point at the Liaison Office.
- Vehicles will be arranged along the route to provide participants with water and sports drinks. At the end point, bananas and chocolates will be served to recharge participants’ batteries. (Planned locations of support stations: City University of Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier, Times Square, Central Library, Xinhua News Agency, Queen’s Road East, Chater’s Road Pedestrian Zone, Pillar of Shame, Liaison Office)
- Participants should drink plenty of liquids both before and during the run in order to prevent dehydration or heat stroke.
- Please support each other during the run. If participants spot an accident or need help for any reason, please notify officials nearby or contact the Alliance Secretariat at 2782 6111.
- If you have to quit because of injury or for any other reason, please notify officials nearby or contact the Hong Kong Alliance Secretariat at 27826111.
- Please keep the streets clean and do not discard rubbish on the streets.
- The run will be cancelled if typhoon signal number 8 or the black rainstorm warning is posted after 7 am on the day of the event.
Registration: Please fax the application form to the Hong Kong Alliance Secretariat at 2770 6083 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31st.
Souvenir: “The further we walk, the closer we get to vindicating June 4” t-shirt or “June 4” 24th anniversary commemorative t-shirt
Enquiries: 2782 6111 (Hong Kong Alliance Secretariat)