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China media covers Hong Kong vigil on Tiananmen Square for the first time

China media covers Hong Kong vigil on Tiananmen Square for the first time

Chinese state media covered the annual Hong Kong vigil to mark the Tiananmen Square massacre for the first time, but said the event was to mourn victims of the Sichuan earthquake, a report said yesterday.
State broadcaster CCTV made a short report on its website about the annual candlelit vigil, which saw thousands of people gather in Hong Kong to remember the victims of the June 4, 1989 crackdown in Beijing, the South China Morning Post said.
But the report, entitled "40,000 Hong Kong residents attending vigil to mourn killed compatriots in the earthquake," made no mention of the primary reason for the vigil.
"The vigil lasted for about two hours. It included recitals, singing, a moment of silence and laying a wreath to martyrs," the Internet report said without explaining who the "martyrs" were, according to the Post.
"The vigil expressed the Hong Kong's public's mourning for their compatriots," it said
It was the first time a mainland media organization had reported on the event, which police said saw more than 15,000 gather in Hong Kong's Victoria Park, the only such commemoration on Chinese soil.


Updated : 2021-07-25 10:14 GMT+08:00