Thousands of people gather to remember the massacre of students that took place overnight on 3-4 June 1989.
Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – The great vigil to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre began in Hong Kong today.
According to the authorities, at least 180,000 people have filled Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to remember the martyrs.
Although the exact number of victims has never been established because of Beijing’s heavy-handed censorship, some estimates put it at about 2,000 people, mostly young people, mowed down by troops or crushed by army tanks.
What is Tiananmen Square?
Overnight on 3-4 June 1989, the tanks sent by paramount leader Deng Xiaoping crushed protesters who for weeks had been demanding greater freedom and a democratic shift in the country.