Continuation of the Movement
The students and intellectuals who have fled from China and settled overseas organised the Federation for a Democratic China to continue the movement. Overseas Chinese communities also formed organisations of their own to support the democratic movement of China.
The Hong Kong Alliance have always been in the front-line of the pro-democratic movement of China. The Chinese government have tried to weaken, and eliminate it. They called it “The Foundation of subversion of Communist China” and warned Hong Kong people to stay clear of events in Mainland China. However, over the years, tens of thousands of Hong Kong citizen participated in the June 4th commemorative activities. This is a solid proof of Hong Kong people’s love for China and love for democracy.
At the end of 1989, the democracy movement of Eastern Europe have overthrown the dictatorial rule of communist countries like Poland, Czechoslovakia, East Germany and Romania. Many are now under the rule of a democratic regime. This movement in Europe have given the people of Hong Kong and Mainland renewed hope that a democratic China is also an achievable goal.
A group of intellectual have establish the University of Democracy in Hong Kong to educate the populace about the movement. It holds exhibitions and various kinds of artistic performance to bring the idea to all levels of the society.
As time passed, some activists were released. Together with the release of some older activists imprisoned during 1979 Beijing Spring Movement, the democracy movement of China gain new strength. On the other hand, the corruption of the government, their illegal dealings with businessmen, coupled with the lack of protection of human rights and people’s basic livelihood have created conflicts within the Chinese society. Pro-democracy movement has been revived through workers’ movement, human rights movement and anti-corruption movement.
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