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Hong Kong's Tiananmen vigil attracts record turnout

Event on 30th anniversary comes amid debate over changes to extradition law

People attend a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong's Victoria Park on June 4 to mark the 30th anniversary of the crackdown on the pro-democracy Tiananmen Square demonstrations. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

HONG KONG -- A record number of people here gathered on a muggy Tuesday night to commemorate the 30th anniversary of China's suppression of unarmed protesters at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, marking the milestone amid a debate on local extradition law.

The annual candlelight vigil at Victoria Park drew over 180,000 people this year, according to the organizer, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China. This number ties with the peak year of 2014.

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