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Remembering Tiananmen Square 24 years later

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Students hold candles in heavy rain as tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria Park on June 4, to mark the 24th anniversary of the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing.

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People are seen gathered at Victoria Park during a candlelight vigil held to mark the 24th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown at Tiananmen Square, in Hong Kong on June 4, 2013. More than 100,000 people were expected to attend the candlelight vigil in the former British colony which is the only place in China where the brutal military intervention that ended weeks of nationwide democracy protests in 1989 is openly commemorated.

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Chinese tourists watch the customary ceremony of lowering flag at Tiananmen Square on June 3, in Beijing, China.

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A portrait of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong is displayed near security cameras on the eve of the 24th anniversary of the bloody military crackdown on protesters near Tiananmen Gate in Beijing Monday, June 3. Activists in China are taking to social media to urge the public to wear black on the 24th anniversary of the bloody military crackdown on protesters who had camped out for weeks on Tiananmen Square.

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A Chinese paramilitary policeman guards after the customary ceremony of lowering flag at Tiananmen Square on June 3, 2013 in Beijing, China.

 

 

From the Archives:  When the anonymous young man stepped in front of a column of government tanks rolling near the uprising in Tiananmen Square June 5, 1989, he stepped into history becoming the symbol of bravery, defiance and the pro-democracy movement.

From AP- Hong Kong- Students hold candles in heavy rain as tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria Park on June 4th, to mark the 24th anniversary of the June 4th, 1989 Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

View more images from the 1989 pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square.

 

 

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