Hong Kong marks 28 years since bloody Tiananmen crackdown

Author: AP

HONG KONG (AP) Thousands of Hong Kongers are expected at a candlelight vigil for victims of the Chinese government’s brutal military crackdown nearly three decades ago on protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Sunday night’s gathering in downtown Victoria Park is an annual affair that regularly draws tens of thousands. It’s the only large-scale commemoration on Chinese territory of the bloodshed 28 years ago.

Commemoration of the Tiananmen events remains taboo in mainland China. But it’s openly discussed in Hong Kong, a special Chinese region with much autonomy.

Hundreds if not thousands of unarmed protesters and onlookers were killed late on June 3 and the early hours of June 4, 1989, after China’s communist leaders ordered the military to retake Tiananmen Square from the student-led demonstrators.

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