Thousands in Hong Kong Commemorate Tiananmen Anniversary

On this day in 1989


Thousands of people braved a heavy thunderstorm in Hong Kong's Victoria Park on Tuesday evening, lighting candles to honor the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, as Beijing tightened restrictions on reporters and on the Web in mainland China.

The June 4 anniversary commemorating the deaths of student pro-democracy protesters, believed to have numbered in the hundreds, is a particularly sensitive time for China's Communist Party, which has neither apologized for the crackdown nor provided a formal account of how many died after troops began firing at demonstrators.