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Protesters march in Hong Kong ahead of Tiananmen 25th anniversary vigil

Published on Jun 1, 2014 7:39 PM
 

HONG KONG (AFP) - Pro-democracy protesters marched in Hong Kong on Sunday to call for greater political freedoms in China and an end to one-party rule, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Organisers said 3,000 people took to the streets in sweltering heat for the annual protest, calling on Beijing to release imprisoned political dissidents and formally acknowledge the bloody crackdown of 1989.

The Hong Kong police put the number of protesters lower at 1,900.

It comes ahead of a mass candlelit vigil planned for Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in which hundreds of people, by some estimates more than 1,000, died.

Protesters hold banners and placards as they shout slogans at a rally in Hong Kong on June 1, 2014, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square crackdown. Pro-democracy protesters marched in Hong Kong on Sunday to call for greater political freedoms in China and an end to one-party rule, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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