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Hong Kong "umbrella" protests add poignancy to Tiananmen vigil

Thursday, June 04, 2015 - 01:14

Tens of thousands of people hold candles and yellow umbrellas at an annual vigil to commemorate China's 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Tens of thousands attended a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong to mark China's 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing, an anniversary given added poignancy by protests that gripped the Chinese-run city last year. Some raised yellow umbrellas, the symbol of defiance from the Hong Kong protests, when activists used umbrellas to shield themselves from police pepper spray and tear gas. The political temperature is rising again in Hong Kong ahead of a June 17 vote on a Beijing-vetted electoral package that democrats say makes a mockery of pledges to eventually grant the city universal suffrage. China sent in tanks to break up the student-led protests in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. China has never released a death toll but estimates from human rights groups and witnesses range from several hundred to several thousand. Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule under a deal to preserve wide-ranging freedoms, is the only place on Chinese soil where commemorations of June 4 are tolerated. Even discussion of the 1989 protests, termed "counter-revolutionary" by Beijing, is taboo on the mainland.

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Hong Kong "umbrella" protests add poignancy to Tiananmen vigil

Thursday, June 04, 2015 - 01:14