Moving photos show thousands of people gathering in Hong Kong for the Tiananmen Square vigil

Photo: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images.

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on Saturday to mark the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China.

The annual vigil commemorates the military crackdown in 1989 at Tiananmen Square which saw the death of hundreds, and even thousands, of peaceful protesters who were attacked by troops and tanks.

This year, student leaders in Hong Kong abandoned the vigils to hold their own vigil dedicated to seeking democracy in the Chinese special administrative region – recognition of a growing divide between the city’s younger generation seeking a fully autonomous Hong Kong and their older counterparts.

Here’s a look at the touching candlelight vigil at Hong Kong on Saturday night.

The annual vigil sees tens of thousands gather in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park.

Photo: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images.

It was estimated that more than 100,000 people would attend this year’s event.

Photo: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images.
Photo: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images.

During the protests, people chanted “Fight to the end”.

Photo: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images.
Photo: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images.

Wreaths were laid at a makeshift memorial.

Photo: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images.
Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images.

This year, young activists looking for an autonomous Hong Kong boycotted the event.

Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images.
Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images.

People observed a minute of silence as the entire park lit up with candles.

Photo: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images.
Photo: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images.
Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images.

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