Date
11 December 2017
Organizers say more than 180,000 people attended a candlelight vigil in Victoria Park on the 25th anniversary of the crackdown on demonstrations in Beijing. Photo: Reuters
Organizers say more than 180,000 people attended a candlelight vigil in Victoria Park on the 25th anniversary of the crackdown on demonstrations in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

HK June 4 vigil attracts record crowd

More than 100,000 people turned out in Victoria Park Wednesday night for the annual June 4 candlelight vigil organized by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, according to the organizer.

The organizer said a record 180,000-plus people, many of whom were from Macau and Taiwan, gathered on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. The police estimated there were as many as 99,500 participants, the most since 2010.

Roads close to the Tin Hau and Causeway Bay subway stations were brought to a standstill by the high number of participants, many of whom wore black to mark the event.

Organizers of a June 4 gathering in Tsim Sha Tsui claimed 7,000 people took part in their vigil.

Calls for the downfall of the Communist Party of China were heard at both venues.

A vigil was also held in Macau with about 2,000 participants, more than the 500 who turned out last year. In Taipei’s Liberty square, Wu’erkaixi, a student leader during the Tiananmen Square protests 25 years ago, addressed a commemoration, saying that more effort is needed to pursue democracy in China.

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