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

The post has been updated.

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:

A miniature Goddess of Democracy candlestick is displayed during a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria Park June 4, 2014, to mark the 25th anniversary of the military crackdown of the pro-democracy movement at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989. Tens of thousands of people held a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Wednesday to mark the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters 25 years ago in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, while mainland China authorities sought to whitewash the 1989 event. REUTERS/Paul Yeung
The Goddess of Democracy. (Reuters/Paul Yeung)
Participants mourn those who killed during the military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, during a candlelight vigil in front of a backdrop showing 1989's Tiananmen Square at Hong Kong's Victoria Park June 4th, 2014. Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of the crackdown. REUTERS/Bobby Yip.    (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3S60G
Young people gathered in Victoria Park, Hong Kong. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)
Student protesters walk with a wreath to commemorate those who killed during the military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, at Hong Kong's Victoria Park June 4th, 2014. Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of the crackdown. REUTERS/Bobby Yip.    (CHINA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTR3S5Y2
Students walk with a wreath. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)
A participant looks on as she and others mourn those who killed during the military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, during a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria Park June 4, 2014. Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of the crackdown. .    (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3S66B
A woman takes part to the candlelight vigil for Tiananmen anniversary. (Reutes/Bobby Yip)
Protesters attend a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong Wednesday, June 4, 2014, to mark the 25th anniversary of the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing. The banner reads "Exonerate the June 4, fight to the end." (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
“Fight to the end.” (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Tens of thousands of people take part in a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria Park June 4, 2014, to mark the 25th anniversary of the military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
People hold up their candles in remembrance. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)
Tens of thousands of people take part in a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria Park June 4, 2014, to mark the 25th anniversary of the military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989.  REUTERS/Bobby Yip  (CHINA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTR3S5SR
A view from above. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)

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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