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Hong Kong Democracy Activist Szeto Wah Dies at 79

Szeto Wah at the 21st anniversary candlelight vigil in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Veteran Hong Kong democracy activist Szeto Wah died Sunday at the age of 79.

Szeto was diagnosed with lung cancer about a year ago and has been hospitalized for the past few months.

Trained as a teacher, Szeto organized teachers and built Hong Kong's Professional Teachers' Union.

But, he is best-known as a democracy advocate, setting up an activist group that backed the Tiananmen demonstrations, which were brutally suppressed by the Chinese military.