04 Jun '11, 2pm

Thousands in HK mark Tiananmen crackdown

Thousands in HK mark Tiananmen crackdown

HONG KONG: Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong on Saturday marked the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, as China defies international condemnation with an ongoing roundup of political dissidents. A sea of people, mostly clad in black as a sign of mourning, held up candles and sang solemn songs -- some with teary eyes -- as they filled an area the size of six football fields at the Victoria Park, the only commemoration on Chinese soil. Organisers said 150,000 people had converged on park, with many others still struggling to make their way through the crowds to the site. "I am here with a heavy heart, it is very emotional for me," Gladys Liu, a 48-year-old mother-of-two told AFP. "I still remember the scenes -- how the army tanks were sent in to break up the student-led protests. I was following the news closely, I never thought it would turn so violent," said Li...

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