03 Jun '11, 10pm

Thousands in Hong Kong to mark Tiananmen crackdown

Thousands in Hong Kong to mark Tiananmen crackdown

HONG KONG - Thousands were expected to gather in Hong Kong Saturday to commemorate the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, as China defies world condemnation with an ongoing roundup of political dissidents. Pro-democracy groups hope to draw around 150,000 people to the annual candlelight vigil in Hong Kong's Victoria Park, the only such commemoration on Chinese soil, to mark the 22nd anniversary of the demonstrations in Beijing. "We are hoping for the same number of people like last year, if not a bigger crowd this year," said Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, the event organiser. "With the current crackdown in China, we are also expecting more mainlanders -- those who study or work here -- to join us this year because they won't be able to do so in China," Lee, who is also a prominent lawmaker, told AFP. Wan...

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