Retired Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong's said unity among all social strata was needed to maintain Hong Kong's freedom. The cardinal made his remarks in response to the decision taken by the Student Federation not to take part in the memorial vigil for the martyrs of Tiananmen Square, AsiaNews reported. For the prelate, a "great and long battle for freedom and democracy" is underway in Hong Kong. To achieve this goal, all social strata must be united; "unity and cooperation" are needed, he said. For the first time in 27 years, the student group has decided not to join the pro-democracy movement. The vigil, which is held overnight on 3-4 June in Victoria Park, draws hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens. Led by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, Hong Kongers come together once a year to remind mainland leaders of their political and penal responsibility in the slaughter of students and workers in 1989, and to call for the latter’s rehabilitation.
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