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6/4     Hong Kong Vigil Remembers Tiananmen Square Killings
        http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/04/international/asia/04CND-HONG.html?hp
        "Hong Kong should become the foundation for Chinese people to pursue
        democracy" ... In an action certain to anger Beijing further, activists
        here have distributed flyers to mainland tourists this year for the
        first time, urging them to attend the candlelight vigil.
        http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/040604/481/xvy10606041302
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Associated Press Holding candles and singing songs, a crowd numbering in the tens of thousands, including some mainland Chinese, gathered in Hong Kong to remember the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square killings. By contrast, the Beijing square itself was largely quiet under a strengthened police presence. Business What type of ad will you see if your Weather Channel forecast calls for rain? Find out how TV advertisers can use regional conditions to make minute-by-minute advertising choices. Hong Kong Vigil Remembers Tiananmen Square Killings By KEITH BRADSHER Published: June 4, 2004 H ONG KONG, June 4 Holding white candles and singing songs, an unexpectedly large crowd numbering in the tens of thousands gathered here under clear skies tonight to mark the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square killings. By contrast, the square itself in Beijing was largely quiet on the anniversary. Despite light rain, foreign tourists and some school groups roamed the vast space under the watchful gaze of a noticeably strengthened but not overwhelming police presence. No organized protest was apparent in China's capital, although at least 16 people were arrested in twos and threes in the square through the day, apparently for making small acts of remembrance. The crowd in Hong Kong, however, clearly included some mainland Chinese, who dress a little differently from local residents and often speak a different dialect. Seeking to revive Hong Kong's economy as a way to tamp down democratic sentiment here, the Chinese government recently began allowing residents of neighboring Guangdong Province, Beijing and Shanghai to visit here on individual visas, instead of with supervised tour groups. The result has been a flood of tourists crowding streets, shops and hotels. In an action certain to anger Beijing further, activists here have distributed flyers to mainland tourists this year for the first time, urging them to attend the candlelight vigil. A neatly dressed mainland man standing at the edge of the vigil said that while he was not expecting quick political change on the mainland, he was nonetheless impressed by the commemoration here of the military crackdown on pro-democracy students in 1989. "Hong Kong should become the foundation for Chinese people to pursue democracy," said the man, who insisted on anonymity. He added that while he might tell his family about the event upon his return to the mainland, he had not decided whether it would be safe to mention it to his neighbors. The annual candlelight vigil here has become the main event by which the military crackdown is remembered. 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Next In the only part of China where commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests was allowed, tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong's Victoria Park, Friday, June 4, 2004 to mark the 15th anniversary of the military crackdown on a pro-democracy student movement in Beijing. AP In the only part of China where commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests was allowed, tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong's Victoria Park, Friday, June 4, 2004 to mark the 15th anniversary of the military crackdown on a pro-democracy student movement in Beijing. Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Crackdown Copyright 2004 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.