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Sunflower leaders united for Tiananmen vigil

TAIPEI -- Leaders of Taiwan's Sunflower Student Movement have voiced their support for the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in China and urged the Taiwan public to join a vigil in Taipei Wednesday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the bloody crackdown on the protesters.

The Tiananmen Square massacre should remind Taiwanese society "not to be deluded by the beautiful and flowery language of a 'rising power,' but to continue to see the authoritarian nature of China's regime," Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷), a key figure of the Sunflower Student Movement, wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday.

The public should also empathize with the suffering of the people in Hong Kong and China and try to unite with them, said Chen, a graduate student from National Tsing Hua University.

Chen, who has participated in past events to commemorate the massacre, was scheduled to speak at Wednesday's vigil.

Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆), another leader of the movement, urged the public to take part in the Taipei vigil.

"I think Taiwanese people should not be indifferent to China and the June 4 incident," but they should also refrain from expressing their care in a "nationalistic" way, Lin, a graduate student at National Taiwan University, wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday.

"(They) should care about the people in the lower strata of Chinese society," he wrote.

The annual vigil will be held in the plaza in front of National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to remember the 1989 massacre.

The Sunflower Student Movement refers to a series of protests organized by a coalition of students and civic groups in Taiwan, held from March 18 to April 10 to protest a Taiwan-China service trade pact.

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