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Hong Kong remembers Tiananmen

Updated 0402 GMT (1202 HKT) June 2, 2016
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A student raises a candle at a vigil in Hong Kong on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Tens of thousands of people attended the service in remembrance of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. The vigil is held annually at Victoria Park, but this year's gathering took on greater meaning after last year's pro-democracy protests. wilfred chan/cnn
Hong Kong, a former British colony, is the only place in Chinese territory where major public remembrances of the Tiananmen Square crackdown are held. Vincent Yu/AP
In recent years, the crowds have swelled in size as anxiety grows over China's increasing influence in Hong Kong, a former British colony. Kin Cheung/AP
In addition to honoring the victims of the June 4 crackdown, the vigil is also treated by participants as an expression of discontent with the governments of China and Hong Kong. Vincent Yu
Following last year's Occupy demonstrations, some protesters opted not to attend this year's June 4 vigil, saying the event would distract from their immediate struggle for democracy in Hong Kong. Vincent Yu/AP
In a bid to incorporate supporters of the Occupy movement, speeches at this year's vigil made repeated references to the protests. Wilfred Chan/CNN
Vigil participants gather around a replica of the Goddess of Democracy, a statue built by students during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Kin Cheung/AP