Thousands of people crowd Victoria Park to mark the 25th anniversary
usnews Twenty-five years after hundreds of protesters were killed by armed soldiers in what has become known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre, thousands gathered at a vigil in Hong Kong in remembrance of the event that still has China stirring.
Participants at the vigil observed a moment of silence, placed wreaths to honor those lost and stood around a life-size Goddess of Democracy at Victoria Park. The heart of Beijing was a different story, according to reports. The city, which was overflowing with activists speaking out against leaders of the People’s Republic of China in 1989, was bare Wednesday with the exception of police and soldiers lining the streets, The Washington Post reported.
This was no coincidence. The government has been doing everything in its power to keep Tiananmen out of people’s minds and out of the public eye. As a result, Chinese citizens who wanted to commemorate the protest traveled to Hong Kong, where they could avoid the country’s crackdown.
In China, what occurred on June 4th is taboo – some websites were blocked this week to prevent chatter and journalists were warned that informants were on the lookout for activity related to the issue, according to The Washington Post.