Tens of thousands of people attend an annual candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria Park, Monday, June 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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Crowds assembled in Hong Kong Monday in memory of the victims of China's Tiananmen Square crackdown but young activists are increasingly questioning the annual vigil's relevance.Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has seen tens of thousands gather at the candlelit vigil in Victoria Park since 1990, while any mention of Beijing's brutal crackdown on students calling for democracy on June 4, 1989, remains strictly censored in the mainland. Organized by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, a group of veteran campaigners, the vigil has always had the democratization of China as its central message.However, since mass student-led Umbrella Movement rallies failed to win political reform for Hong Kong in 2014, more young activists and students have turned to "localism," which focuses on local identity and autonomy and tends to reject any associations with China.As a result, student unions in Hong Kong have boycotted the Tiananmen vigil for the past three years.
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