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IN PICTURES: Hongkongers defy ban to honor victims of 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre

Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong have defied a ban to stage a mass vigil in memory of the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing.

School kids join Tiananmen vigil
Hong Kong University students cleaned the “Pillar of Shame”, a statue on campus
The site in Victoria Park where Hong Kong’s Tiananmen vigil has been held for decades was sealed off on Thursday
Defying a ban, Hong Kong residents gathered in Victoria Park and other locations
Hongkongers at Victoria Park
People were asked to light a candle at 20:00 local time no matter where they were