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Hong Kong students condemn Tiananmen crackdown

world Updated: Apr 17, 2009 14:09 IST

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Students in Hong Kong vowed on Friday to continue to fight for freedom and democracy after condemning Beijing's deadly crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations 20 years ago.

Around 1,800, or 93 per cent, of votes cast in a poll held by the University of Hong Kong's students' union supported the motion calling for Beijing to "rectify" its position that the 1989 protests were counter-revolutionary.

Only 79 students were against the motion, the union said in a statement.

The statement said the results of the three-day poll which ended yesterday were a "momentous landmark" in the history of the student's union.

"The outcome of the general polling truly reflected the will of the students and the spirit of democracy was displayed by each and every vote cast," it said.

"Twenty years on from Tiananmen, the students of the University of Hong Kong have not forgotten. The torch has been passed to us and we shall continue this fight for freedoms and democracy."

Hundreds -- if not thousands -- of people were killed as soldiers from the People's Liberation Army marched into central Beijing on June 4, 1989, to end the weeks-long demonstrations.