Q & A
Q：The Alliance......Alliance of what?
A：Our full name is the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China. We are a pro-democracy advocacy group.
Q：Was the formation of the Alliance a response to the Tiananmen Massacre?
A：Actually, no. It is true that the Tiananmen Massacre defines a core part of out work, yet we were established on 21st May, 1989, before the massacre and during the height of the 89' democracy movement.
Q： Tiananmen is old. Why don't you let go of the past?
A： Those in power who keep talking about letting go were precisely those who refuse to do so. They would not let go of the Tiananmen prisoners, wrongfully jailed for more than two decades. They would not let go of the Tiananmen Mothers, who were stripped of even the rights to mourn or talk about their lost children. They would not let go of the Tiananmen exiles, banished from home and family for the crime of speaking out. Until they let it go, no one - the victims, the witness, the passerby who pretend they don't know anything, us - can live free.
Q： Do you do anything else other than keep wrangling about Tiananmen?
A： Of course! We also campaign for a range of other issues, mainly human rights related. We have advocated on behalf of a long list of prisoners of conscience, including Liu Xiaobo and Hu Jia. We support the righs defense movement, and hold seminars about it. We provide altenate history of modern China to the public, touching on Cultural Revolution and the big famine. We stay close to the current of social movements in Hong Kong and work to defend freedom of expression, assembly and more on this place we call home. And we object to the word wrangle (but respect your rights to use it)!
Q： Sounds interesting. How do I join you?