Hong Kong Candlelight Vigil for August 31st Turns into Massive Democracy Rally

**Hong Kong Candlelight Vigil for August 31st Turns into Massive Democracy Rally**.

**In a show of defiance against the government, hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers gathered on August 31st for an annual candlelight vigil commemorating the Tiananmen Square massacre.**.

The vigil, which has been held every year since 1989, has traditionally been a solemn occasion to remember the victims of the Chinese government’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989..

**However, this year’s vigil took on a different character, as it became a focal point for the city’s ongoing pro-democracy movement.**.

Despite heavy police presence and government warnings against participating in the vigil, people flooded into Victoria Park, the traditional venue for the event. Estimates put the number of attendees at over 300,000, making it the largest political demonstration in Hong Kong since the start of the protests in June..

**The rally was peaceful, with participants holding candles and chanting slogans such as .

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