150K Join Tiananmen Vigil in Hong Kong

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2009 2:19 PM CDT
Students from the University of Hong Kong attend a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – An annual vigil marking the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre brought a record 150,000 people to a park in Hong Kong, the only place in China to mark the event, reports the BBC. “It is something to remember not only for our generation but for the next generation as well,” said an attendee. In Beijing, both traffic and foreign reporters were barred from the square.

Meanwhile, in Washington, exiled student leaders also commemorated the bloody massacre. “We are calling on the generation of the 1989 massacre, both in China and overseas, as well as those who came before us and those who will come after us to work together and combine our strengths,” the group said.