Hong Kong 'umbrella' protest gives topical relevance to Tiananmen vigil




 
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June 4th, 2015  
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Topic: Hong Kong 'umbrella' protest gives topical relevance to Tiananmen vigil


By James Pomfret and Clare Baldwin HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people are due to attend an annual candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Thursday to mark Beijing's Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989 as tension lingers in the financial hub from its pro-democracy protests last year. More than six months since Hong Kong police demolished the last encampments of protesters agitating for full democracy in the city, the organizers of this year's June 4 vigil are aiming to link the events, which is likely to antagonize China. "Occupy was in a way a mini-June 4 for Hong Kong," said city legislator and vigil organizer Lee Cheuk-yan, referring to last year's Occupy Central protests.




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