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It was my first time to the vigil at Victoria Park. I got there at about 8:30pm and walked down the road to the park. The road was lined with banners and filled with the sound of people from various political parties making speeches on loud speakers. Free newspapers about June 4th were being handed out and people were donating money to help organisations such as the "Mothers of Tiananmen".
Unfortunately, I couldn't understand what anyone was saying and I didn't pick up the newspaper as I can't read Chinese.
As we got into the middle of the park the crowds came to a standstill as most people had gathered at the green and the football pitches to listen to the speeches.
It was inspiring to see people of all ages there - families, young adults and older people. I saw an old couple who were sitting on tiny camp chairs holding their candles up. Students were sitting on the ground. Some sat with sombre looks in remembrance of June 4th.
Inspirational songs were sung and speeches made in Mandarin and Cantonese. I presume they were made by dissidents and Hong Kong university students. Again, I couldn't understand what was being said but I caught a couple of phrases "...10 thousand years of freedom..." and "...after three thousand years of Chinese civilisation we've come to this..."
There was a moment of silence while I was standing amongst the trees on the Tin Hau side of the park when the cicadas suddenly raised their hum to a roar. It made the silence in the park all the more palpable.