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Here’s what tens of thousands of people who didn’t forget Tiananmen look like

Candle vigil for Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong
Reuters/Paul Yeung
They’ll never forget.
  • Annalisa Merelli
By Annalisa Merelli

Senior reporter based in New York City

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Leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, when hundreds of people were killed in a military crackdown on pro-democracy protests, the Chinese government has done its best to ensure that the episode is successfully erased from Chinese citizens’ memories. It could not, however, enforce amnesia on Hong Kong, where tens of thousands gathered at the city’s Victoria Park to mark the anniversary with a candlelight vigil. Here are some of the powerful images from that event:

Reuters/Paul Yeung
The Goddess of Democracy.
Reuters/Bobby Yip
Young people gathered in Victoria Park, Hong Kong.
Reuters/Bobby Yip
Students walk with a wreath.
Reutes/Bobby Yip
A woman takes part to the candlelight vigil for Tiananmen anniversary.
AP Photo/Kin Cheung
“Fight to the end.”
Reuters/Bobby Yip
People hold up their candles in remembrance.
Reuters/Bobby Yip
A view from above.

UPDATE: The South China Morning Post reports that the number of people in attendance was 180,000 according to  the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements, and 99,500 according to the police.

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