Pictures of the Day: A rainy-day vigil at Victoria Park, Hong Kong


Thousands of people streamed onto the soccer fields — still wet from the afternoon’s rain — in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on Monday evening to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the June 4, 1989 crackdown at Tiananmen Square.

The organizers — from the Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China — said that despite the rain, around 115,000 people turned out for this year’s vigil, though Hong Kong police have a history of disputing the group’s estimates, often placing the total much lower.

The crowd was filled with both mainland Chinese and Hong Kong residents. Before the event, early-arriving attendees strolled through the park: some huddled under umbrellas, some debated the ways Hong Kong had changed in recent years, and some laid flowers on a memorial for Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo. During the evening program, musicians played the protest song “Flowers of Freedom” and organizers led the crowd in chants of, “End one-party dictatorship!”

After the event, as a smaller group of protestors began their annual march to Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong, a group of volunteers began scraping melted candle wax from the event grounds. Activists said that cleanliness was crucial, as a dirty protest site could undermine the group’s image.

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Lee Cheuk-yan, former chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China.
Tim So, who was in high school when the Tiananmen massacre happened, says he watched it on TV and felt deeply moved.

Picking up wax