Tens of thousands join Tiananmen rally

2014-06-04 17:26
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Tiananmen Square candlelight vigil

Thousands of people have commemorated China's 1989 Tiananmen Square events at a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong - Large numbers of people in have joined a candlelight vigil in a down town park in Hong Kong to commemorate the 25th anniversary of China's Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Hundreds of unarmed civilians - by some estimates, more than 1 000 - were killed during the 3-4 June crackdown of 1989, when soldiers crushed months of peaceful protests by students who were demanding political reform to match China's nascent economic opening up.

Participants held candles to remember the victims at the Wednesday night vigil, which turned Victoria Park's six soccer fields into a sea of flickering light.

Organisers said more than 180 000 people joined the gathering. Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK said police put the crowd size at about 99 500. It was likely one of the largest turnouts for the annual event in recent years.

Democracy activists led the throngs of people in chants. Many participants wore white headbands on which were written "June 4 25 years."

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