Fifteen years on, the memorial to Tiananmen's democracy battle becomes a stage for Hong Kong's own struggle Fifteen years ago, they massed for the first time to mourn those who died demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square. Last night, Hong Kong people gathered once more in the biggest June 4 vigil since the handover - this time to fight for their own democracy. That they were able to do so was testimony to their right to freedom of expression, denied to the Tiananmen protesters in 1989. But their dream of universal suffrage locally seemed as remote as their call for a reassessment of the June 4 military crackdown. Most dressed in black or white, people in their tens of thousands flocked to Victoria Park as songs reverberated through the air of the summer night. Organisers estimated more than 80,000 people turned out - a two-thirds rise on last year. Police put the figure at 48,000 at the peak of the evening. The path towards the football pitches where the candles were to glimmer was lined with booths organised by different pro-democracy groups and parties, who were distributing leaflets and selling books and T-shirts referring to local political issues as well as the 1989 massacre. And it was the booth selling T-shirts for the coming July 1 march that proved most popular - both for Hong Kong people and mainland tourists. 'As Hong Kong citizens, we have to attend the June 4 vigil. We also have to attend the July 1 march for our own democracy,' university student Sam Tsang, 22, said. Looming over the site, four huge Chinese characters behind the stage exhorted: 'Return power to the people.' As the candles began to light up, the two-hour vigil kicked off with a documentary featuring the bloody massacre, prompting the crowd to chant: 'End the Communist Party!' 'Release the dissidents!' The programme also featured young people acting in dramas and singing songs. Sitting among the sea of people, Kenneth Lam Yiu-keung, 36, said he could never forget the events of 15 years ago. He said he had brought his five-year-old daughter, because 'I want her to understand the incident and the importance of democracy'. Szeto Wah, chairman of the Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, walked with fellow alliance members to lay flowers on a memorial to the dead activists before lighting a fire with a torch, symbolising the continuation of the commemoration. Chanting the slogans 'Vindication of June 4' and 'Return power to the people', the people were reminded of how 500,000 people marched in blazing sunshine last July in protest against the controversial national security bill, which was later withdrawn. Cries of 'Down with Tung Chee-hwa!' were also heard. As the vigil drew to a close, alliance executive committee member Cheung Man-kwong shouted: 'Let's meet again at Victoria Park on July 1!' The crowd shouted back: 'Yes!'