Tiananmen remembered: 135,000 attend Hong Kong vigil

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By Sarah Taylor  with Reuters, AP
Tiananmen remembered: 135,000 attend Hong Kong vigil

The Tiananmen Square crackdown has been remembered, 26 years to the date.

A candlelit vigil in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park attracted 135,000 people.

Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997, is the only territory governed by China which tolerates events commemorating the 1989 suppression of pro-democracy demonstrators.

June 4, 1989

On June 4, 1989, the Chinese government sent tanks in to clear Tiananmen Square of student-led protests which had attracted millions.

No official death toll has ever been released and the Beijing government bans even discussion of the protests and subsequent violence.

Estimates from witnesses and human rights groups range from several hundred to several thousand fatalities.

The crackdown shocked people the world over, with this image of a lone protester, known only as ‘The Tank Man’ widely considered one of the most powerful symbols of the 20th century.