People in Taiwan mourn Tiananmen incident victims

People in Taiwan illuminated lights in remembrance of the victims of the Tiananmen Square incident on Thursday night, the eve of the 32nd anniversary of the deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing.

The event took place in a square in Taipei. As night fell, members of civic groups turned on LED lights arranged in the shape of the numbers "8964" to represent the date of the bloody incident -- June 4, 1989.

Authorities in Hong Kong banned commemorative gatherings for the victims, as they did last year.

Members of the groups that organized the Taipei event say holding the memorial in Taiwan is very significant as Taiwan is at the forefront of efforts to safeguard democracy and the values of human rights.

One participant said people in Taiwan would continue to commemorate the incident and hold the Chinese Communist Party to account.

Current coronavirus restrictions in Taiwan include a ban on outdoor gatherings of 10 or more individuals. But members of the organizing group plan to get together again at the same square on Friday to mourn the victims while limiting the number of participants.