Every year on the Sunday before the anniversary of June 4th Incident (Tiananmen Square, 1989), people in Hong Kong would demonstrate to call for justice. This year, the 20th anniversary rally will be on May 31st. Moreover, on the evening of June 4th, there will be a candle night vigil where people will collectively remember those who had given their lives for democracy. Usually, the hosting organization, Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movement in China, designs a standardized T-shirt for the activities. This year, there are some subtle changes, as netizens have already started to design their own protest T-shirt and shared with one another via online platform: such as Foncept. Below is a selection of netizens’ DIY June 4th protest T-shirt designs:
The logo is designed by Kar Chun:
The four Chinese characters are “vindication” and “mincing to death”; the designer egg sandwich said:
This one, designed by Tai creative design, combines the characters “June 4th” with “Peace”.
Egg, on the other hand, embeds “June 4th” into the upside down character of “condolence”.
Zi Sun uses the scripture of Goddess of Democracy, which was collectively created by Beijing arts students in 1989, in his design.
Both Joel and Z!NG use the most impactive and symbolic photo showing a Beijing citizen trying to stop the tank from entering the Tiananmen Square with bare hand for their designs.
The designer Vicky explains that the design represents “students”, “red book”, “death” and “June 4th”.