Friday, June 5, 2015

Candlelight Vigil in Hong Kong

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Pro-democracy activists hold candles while wearing T-shirts featuring a yellow umbrella, symbol of the Occupy Central movement. Image credit: Bobby Yip/Reuters
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An annual candlelight vigil was held at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on Thursday to mark the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989.
The organizers called on the people of Hong Kong to "stay united" as the city continues to fight against Beijing's control.
Each year, Hong Kongers gather in the same designated place on June 04, holding candles aloft and calling for the Chinese government to overturn their stance that the Tiananmen Square protests were a counterrevolutionary riot.
Vigil leaders laid a wreath at a makeshift memorial in the middle of the crowd as the names of Tiananmen victims were read out. Everyone, including the crowd, then bowed three times. The leaders then led the crowd in observing a minute of silence.
The Hong Kong vigil is the only large-scale public commemoration of the victims on Chinese soil, and the Tiananmen events remain a taboo topic on the mainland.

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