Hong Kong to mark Tiananmen anniversary with huge vigil
HONG KONG (AFP) - More than 100,000 people are expected to attend a candlelight vigil on Tuesday in Hong Kong, the only Chinese city to openly mark the 24th anniversary of the bloody crackdown in Tiananmen Square.
Residents of the former British colony gather each year at the city's Victoria Park to commemorate the victims, thought to number at least hundreds, of the brutal military intervention in Beijing that ended weeks of nationwide democracy protests in 1989.
Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, the organisers of the event, said they expect 150,000 people to attend and make impassioned calls to never forget the students who sacrificed their lives for democratic reforms.
"I think all of us, even the new generation in Hong Kong, would have the same feeling that it is a tragedy and also an offence of the government to shoot people like that," Alliance vice chairman Richard Choi told AFP.