Thousands in Hong Kong gathered across various districts to remember the Tiananmen Massacre victims on Thursday – the 31st anniversary of the bloody crackdown. Despite the coronavirus-related police ban of the annual candlelight vigil at Victoria Park, the football pitches were filled as crowds observed a moment’s silence and sang commemorative songs. HKFP’s May James captured the evening’s events, alongside the United Social Press and Studio Incendo team.

Victoria Park

The annual vigil at Victoria Park on June 4, 2020, to commemorate victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. Photo: May James/HKFP.
The annual vigil at Victoria Park on June 4, 2020, to commemorate victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. Photo: May James/HKFP.
The annual vigil at Victoria Park on June 4, 2020, to commemorate victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. Photo: May James/HKFP.
The annual vigil at Victoria Park on June 4, 2020, to commemorate victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. Photo: May James/HKFP.
The annual vigil at Victoria Park on June 4, 2020, to commemorate victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. Photo: May James/HKFP.
Photo: Joshua Kwan/United Social Press.
Never forget June 4. Anti-Communist Party. We shared the freedom. Photo: Studio Incendo.
Protesters raise their palms that symbolise protest five demands. Photo: Studio Incendo.
Photo: Sam Lee/United Social Press.
Photo: Tam Ming Keung/United Social Press.
Photo: Sam Lee/United Social Press.
Photo: Sam Lee/United Social Press.
Photo: Sam Lee/United Social Press.
Photo: Tam Ming Keung/United Social Press.
Photo: Kaiser/United Social Press.
Photo: Kaiser/United Social Press.
Photo: Kaiser/United Social Press.
Photo: Chau Ho Man/United Social Press.
Photo: Studio Incendo.

Mong Kok

On Kowloon side, hundreds gathered outside Langham Place shopping mall in Mong Kok.

“For Freedom” sign next to candle light. Photo: Studio Incendo.
Photo: Studio Incendo.
Photo: Studio Incendo.
“Don’t forget June 4.” Photo: Studio Incendo.
Photo: Studio Incendo.

At around 9pm, some vigil participants attempted to block the traffic with objects. Plain clothes police officers subdued some protesters, deployed pepper spray and made arrest.

Mong Kok. Photo: Kaiser/United Social Press.
Mong Kok. Photo: Kaiser/United Social Press.
Mong Kok. Photo: Kaiser/United Social Press.

Outside China’s Liaison Office

Some pro-democracy activists marched to Sai Ying Pun’s China Liaison Office – as an informal tradition – after candle light vigil had wrapped up at Victoria Park. Veteran activist Bull Tsang and ex-lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung from League of Social Democrats were among the crowd. Several protesters burned joss money as an offering to honour the deaths of Tiananmen Massacre.

Photo: Joshua Kwan/United Social Press.
Leung Kwok-hung protests outside China Liaison Office in Sai Ying Pun after Tiananmen vigil. Photo: Joshua Kwan/United Social Press.
Bull Tsang protests outside China Liaison Office in Sai Ying Pun after Tiananmen vigil. Photo: Joshua Kwan/United Social Press.
Photo: Joshua Kwan/United Social Press.
Photo: Joshua Kwan/United Social Press.
Photo: Joshua Kwan/United Social Press.
Photo: Joshua Kwan/United Social Press.

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