Hong Kong photo essay: 180,000 rally to mark Tiananmen massacre anniversary

June 4, 2012 -- Green Left Weekly -- This photo essay by Tom Grundy, an activist-journalist based in Hong Kong, shows the 180,000-strong candlelight rally held in Victoria Park, Hong Kong on June 4 to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre in Beijing. Green Left Weekly republished it with permission from Hong Wrong blog.

The Hong Kong Alliance prepared 80,000 candles for the event, and quickly ran out.

While small demonstrations also took place in the mainland, Hong Kong was the only part of China where rallies to commemorate the Tiananmen massacre were tolerated by authorities.

Activist Fang Zheng, whose legs were crushed under a tank in Tiananmen Square, became emotional as he laid a wreath for the dead.

From GLW issue 925