05 Jun '11, 4am

53 people were detained following candlelight vigil commemorating Tiananmen Square anniversary: HK police

53 people were detained following candlelight vigil commemorating Tiananmen Square anniversary: HK police

Tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria Park on Saturday to mark the 22nd anniversary of the June 4 Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing. -- PHOTO: AP HONG KONG - HONG KONG police said on Sunday they arrested 53 people for illegal assembly after a candlelight vigil attended by tens of thousands of people to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Police said in a statement that the 53 had marched to another site following the peaceful vigil on Saturday and then refused to disperse after midnight. Television news footage showed a tense standoff between a large number of police and some 200 protesters, some of whom were later forcibly removed and carried into police trucks. 'Police respect the public's rights to expression, freedom of speech and assembly but they must follow Hong Kong laws and social ord...

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