What's remarkable is that the people and their candles were there at all. The vigil, organized by the Hong Kong Alliance, is the only (public) commemoration of the Tinanmen Square event on Chinese soil.
Another remarkable thing is what didn't happen: no tanks, no armored personnel carriers, no dead bodies.
China's leaders are trying to erase their subjects' memories of the Tiananmen Square events: but at least they've learned not to shoot them. On camera, at least.
- "Tiananmen Square 20th Anniversary: A Losing Battle for Traditional Information Gatekeepers"
(June 3, 2009)
- "Organizers: 150,000 at Tiananmen vigil in Hong Kong"
CNN (June 5, 2009)
- "8,000 march in Hong Kong to commemorate Tiananmen massacre"
China Worker (June 1, 2009) (English edition)
- "How Tiananmen shook Europe"
BBC (June 5, 2009)
- I recommend reading this article, for a look at the history and politics leading to the Tiananmen Square massacre.
- "China raps Clinton's Tiananmen comments"
United Press International (June 4, 2009)
A tip of the hat to markstoneman, on Twitter, for the heads-up on this event.