Tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong Wednesday. Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — Large numbers of people in Hong Kong have joined a candlelight vigil in a downtown park to commemorate the 25th anniversary of China’s bloody military suppression of protests on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Participants held candles to remember the victims at the Wednesday night vigil, which turned Victoria Park’s six soccer fields into a sea of flickering light.

Organizers said more than 180,000 people joined the gathering. Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK said police put the crowd size at about 99,500. It was likely one of the largest turnouts for the annual event in recent years.

Democracy activists led the throngs of people in chants. Many participants wore white headbands on which were written “June 4 25 years.”