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AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACEANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty ImagesTiananmen Square Vigil2In the 24 years since Chinese troops crushed pro-reform demonstrations in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and other city centres, the late-night vigil every June 4 in Hong Kong has become an affirmation of the territory’s identity.

The mass rallies in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to commemorate the students and others killed by Chinese troops are a visible and vigorous assertion that despite having been returned to Beijing’s rule in 1997, the territory holds to different civic values and expectations of government than do its overlords.

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