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People Are Commemorating Tiananmen Square Everywhere But China

Hundreds, if not thousands, of students demanding democracy were killed by the People's Liberation Army of China on June 4, 1989.

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Just like every year since 1989, the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre is marked by the government's efforts to keep mainland Chinese from talking about the incident.

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Chinese onlookers run away as a soldier threatens them with a gun on June 5, 1989

But for the thousands of Chinese living beyond China's mainland borders, Beijing's censorship is no obstacle. Despite being part of China's territory since 1997, Hong Kong is the epicenter of solemn remembrance ceremonies.

Hong Kong is the only Chinese territory where commemoration of #June4 is allowed. (Pic by @wilfredchan)

Organizers said they estimate 135,000 people attended this year's Victoria Park Tiananmen vigil in #HongKong #TAM26

Hong Kong has been dealing with protests for the last year, as Beijing attempts to impose more control over the way Hong Kong residents choose their leader — hence the sash this statue is wearing.

The Goddess of Democracy recreated in HK http://t.co/HKM8dNyPYr this year bearing #OccupyHK democracy stickers.

This Hong Kong bus driver paid tribute by changing his bus' display to read "89-6-4," the date of the deadliest crackdown against the students in the square.

Facebook: OdyLeungPhotography

In Taiwan, growing ties with the mainland were no hindrance to commemoration events.

Yellow umbrellas in Taipei to remember #Tiananmen massacre 1989 http://t.co/Ek1o4YUj60

Nor did Macau's relationship with Beijing prevent people from gathering in the streets.

Macau had its own small vigil http://t.co/CbxPYa2YAf

To the southeast, vigils were held in Sydney, Australia...

六四二十六周年烛光集会,悉尼领事馆现场

...And at a church outside of Auckland, New Zealand.

奥克兰大学外的一座教堂。Tonight.

Wang Liming, the political cartoonist known as Rebel Pepper currently in exile in Japan, has a new piece for the massacre's 26th anniversary.

今晚參加活動準備穿的衣服,因為時間有限,加上倉促間朋友幫忙找的這家店成本不低,所以除了我穿的以外,只預訂了十件男款L號的,準備現場發售。活動時間和地址見第二張圖

On the other side of the world, people gathered at Times Square in New York.

在纽约时代纪念六四26周年集体会上。 #freetufu #释放吴淦

And across from the United Nations, artist Xue Mingde's performance art joined demonstrators.

这是薛明德在联合国小公园前的行为艺术表演。

In Paris, Han Chinese and members of China's minority ethnic groups gathered together with Parisians from other Asian countries in Paris to protest.

#Tiananmen 25 ans #Paris chinois, ouighours, mongols, tibétains, Hong Kong, vietnam, Taïwan, fédération anarchiste

Despite censorship of images such as the famous "Tank Man" photo in China, Radio France Internationale still reported in Chinese that a Tiananmen Square commemoration took place in Stuttgart, Germany.

【六四26周年纪念活动在德国斯图加特展开】在天安门学运26周年之际,欧洲六四纪念活动在德国斯图加特展开。主办活动的“全球支持中国和亚洲民主化论坛”理事长费良勇先生向本台介绍今年的三项活动内容http://t.co/3oXOeE8xcu

The BBC said protestors gathered in front of China Embassy in London. Given that even terms like "63+1" are banned on Chinese social media in the run up to the Tiananmen anniversary, and Twitter itself is blocked, it's likely this went unseen in Beijing.

1989年天安门事件26周年来临,伦敦市中心中国使馆前的街道成为一百多活动人士抗议和纪念六四抗议运动的现场。参加中国使馆前烛光守夜的活动人士先为26年前在北京死于戒严部队枪下的死者默哀。 http://t.co/PX0PRakGO7

But through the silence, mainland Chinese still found their own way to remember the day anyway.

#勿忘六四# 广州十七岁少年教室缅怀64,并发表演讲!为年轻点赞!

According to this Twitter user, a 17-year-old teenager wrote on the blackboard of classroom, "Remember June the 4th, don't forget the wound of the country."

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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