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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Thousands in Hong Kong Mark Anniversary of China's Tiananmen Square Crackdown

Demonstrators hold a candlelight vigil for protesters crushed during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing at the Liberty Square of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, in Taipei, Taiwan, June 4, 2011.

Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong on Saturday marked the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown, as China defies world condemnation with an ongoing roundup of political dissidents. 

On June 4, 1989, the Chinese government sent tanks and soldiers into the square in central Beijing, the Chinese capital, to crush weeks of pro-democracy demonstrations.

A sea of people, mostly clad in black as a sign of mourning, held up candles and sang solemn songs - some with tears in their eyes - filling the city's Victoria Park, in the only commemoration on Chinese soil.

Police said 77,000 people had crammed into the park, an area the size of the six football pitches, but organisers put the crowd at more than 150,000.

'I am here with a heavy heart, it is very emotional for me,' Gladys Liu, a 48-year-old mother-of-two.

Protesters take to the streets during a march in Hong Kong
'I still remember the scenes - how the army tanks were sent in to break up the student-led protests. I was following the news closely, I never thought it would turn so violent,' said Ms Liu, who brought her son, 14, and nine-year-old daughter to the vigil.

'I want my children to know what happened. This is not something that can be learned in school.'

On the democratic island of Taiwan, which China claims as its own, President Ma Ying-jeou issued a statement calling on China to respect human rights, institute political reforms and release imprisoned dissidents.

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