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Extra! Hong Kong Holds Tiananmen Commemoration

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South China Morning Post, June 5, 2015

Tens of thousands of people held a candlelight vigil Thursday night in Hong Kong's Victoria Park to mark the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, the student-led demonstrations in which hundreds — thousands, according to some estimates — are believed to have died.

The Hong Kong-based, English-language newspaper South China Morning Post is one of the rare Chinese publications to make a mention of the gathering, running a picture on its front page. The Tiananmen massacre is still widely subjected to censorship from the Chinese government. According to the BBC, several activists in mainland China have been put under house arrest to prevent them from participating in the commemoration.

The special administrative region is actually the only location on Chinese soil to hold a significant commemoration. This year's gathering took special meaning after last year's "Umbrella Revolution" in Hong Kong.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: The South China Morning Post is an English-language newspaper with a circulation of 104,000, published by the SCMP Group. It was founded in 1903 and is based Hong Kong.

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