06/06/2009, 00.00
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Outpouring of donations at Hong Kong Vigil, they will fund an archive on Tiananmen

An estimated 194 thousand euros is collected. A museum and web search could be part of the archive project. Some Chinese blogs succeed in defeating censors and broadcast images of the Hong Kong vigil.
Hong Kong (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Donations totalling 2.1 million Hong Kong dollars [194 thousand euros] were raised by organisers of the June 4th vigil and will go partly towards setting up a public archive on the 1989 pro-democracy movement.

The vigil that for over 20 years has commemorated the Tiananmen massacre drew a crowd of 150 thousand this year to Victoria Park.

Lee Cheuk-yan, vice chairman of the organising alliance comments; “It is amazing how Hong Kong people, despite being hard-hit by the financial tsunami, still decided to dig deep in support of the fight for a democratic China”.

The archive on the democratic movement and on the Tiananmen massacre will be the first of its kind.  A small museum will be set up and it will be possible to carry-out internet research to spread news on the event throughout the world.

According to information from mainland China, despite heavy censorship on events linked to June 4th, some websites in the People’s Republic succeeded in broadcasting images and in streaming on line the Hong Kong vigil.  Ahead of the June 4thvigil, China had shut down over 160 sites, as well as setting up the usual preventative measure of blocking political themes linked to the Tiananmen massacre.

One blogger said "We mainlanders should thank the Hong Kong people who gathered to mourn June 4 last night: they represent the conscience of China".

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