China silences 25th Tiananmen anniversary, remembered in Hong KongUpdated: 2014-06-05 15:54:23 (KST)
A massive candlelight vigil lit up the night sky, Wednesday night, in a downtown park in Hong Kong.
Tens of thousands of people remembered the bloody crackdown on democracy in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, exactly 25 years ago, in 1989.
The demonstrators, including many who flew in from mainland China, called on Beijing to admit to the killings and account for what happened.
"This is my first time participating in this sort of large-scale political event. I hope one day in China, citizens will truly have the freedom to demonstrate."
Although the former British colony, Hong Kong, has been under Chinese rule since 1997, it still enjoys civil liberties not permitted to mainland Chinese today.
Leading up to the anniversary, the Chinese government cracked down heavily on any mention of the massacre--- prohibiting public discussion and censoring online references.
"This is of course the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, and what we've seen this year is an intensification of the crackdown against all sorts of people in civil society. // It's not just confined to Beijing, it's nationwide."
In Beijing, dozens of activists were detained for attempting to commemorate the anniversary, and tourists and journalists in Tiananmen Square were searched.
It was back in 1989, on June 4th when hundreds of pro-democracy activists were removed by force and killed for protesting in the busy city square.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
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