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Tens of thousands of people mark Tiananmen anniversary with candlelight rally in Hong Kong

  • Tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong Wednesday, June 4, 2014, to mark the 25th anniversary of the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing. (AP Photo/Cyrus Wong)

    Tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong Wednesday, June 4, 2014, to mark the 25th anniversary of the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing. (AP Photo/Cyrus Wong)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman closes her eyes as she joins tens of thousands of people attending a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong Wednesday, June 4, 2014 to mark the 25th anniversary of the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    A woman closes her eyes as she joins tens of thousands of people attending a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong Wednesday, June 4, 2014 to mark the 25th anniversary of the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong Wednesday, June 4, 2014, to mark the 25th anniversary of the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong Wednesday, June 4, 2014, to mark the 25th anniversary of the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

Large numbers of people in Hong Kong have joined a candlelight vigil in a downtown park to commemorate the 25th anniversary of China's bloody military suppression of protests on Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

Participants held candles to remember the victims at the Wednesday night vigil, which turned Victoria Park's six soccer fields into a sea of flickering light.

Organizers said more than 180,000 people joined the gathering. Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK said police put the crowd size at about 99,500. It was likely one of the largest turnouts for the annual event in recent years.

Democracy activists led the throngs of people in chants. Many participants wore white headbands on which were written "June 4 25 years."