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HKFP Lens: Hongkongers pay tribute to the Tiananmen massacre victims with a sea of lights

28 years after the Chinese government sent tanks into Tiananmen Square, killing hundreds, perhaps thousands, of student demonstrators, Hongkongers gathered to remember the victims of the massacre.

tiananmen vigil 1989

Organisers estimated that around 110,000 attended the candlelight vigil at Victoria Park on Sunday night. Police put the figure at 18,000.

tiananmen vigil 1989

The vigil in Hong Kong is the only mass event in Chinese territory commemorating the brutal crackdown on the students who called for democracy and an end to graft in 1989.

tiananmen vigil 1989

The yearly vigil, organised by a group of veteran pro-democracy activists, demands justice for victims and also pushes for democracy in China.
lee cheuk yan.

Organiser Lee Cheuk-yan.

See also: ‘The key is persistence’: 28 years on, why some Hongkongers still commemorate the Tiananmen massacre victims

tiananmen vigil 1989

See also: In Pictures: Crowds gather for Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil

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tiananmen vigil 1989 massacre victoria park candles

Democracy icon Martin Lee.

tiananmen vigil 1989 massacre victoria park candles

tiananmen vigil 1989 massacre victoria park candles

tiananmen vigil 1989 massacre victoria park candles

A “digital candle”.

tiananmen vigil 1989 massacre victoria park

tiananmen vigil 1989 massacre victoria park

tiananmen vigil 1989 massacre victoria park

tiananmen vigil 1989 massacre victoria park

tiananmen vigil 1989 massacre victoria park

tiananmen vigil 1989 massacre victoria park

tiananmen vigil 1989 massacre victoria park

tiananmen vigil 1989 massacre victoria park

tiananmen vigil 1989 massacre victoria park

1989 Tiananmen Massacre vigil

1989 Tiananmen Massacre vigil

HKFP Lens: Hongkongers pay tribute to the Tiananmen massacre victims with a sea of lights