1. Bikes pass through a tunnel as military tanks are positioned in Beijing two days after Tiananmen Square massacre.
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Vincent Yu, AP Photographer:
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"Before the June 4th, I had been in Hong Kong and took pictures of all the news events about the 1989 pro-democracy movement. The most impressive thing was the night of the signal No. 8 typhoon. On that day, it seems Li Peng defined the student movement as turmoil and announced the troops was ready to clear the square. Many citizens walked to Victoria Park to protest at night, it was so sudden. I suddenly received notice on June 4, AP asked me to go to Beijing. My assignment is to transport 100 rolls of film. I arrived the Beijing airport and nothing happened. I passed the customs, and no one checked anything. After my arrive, I went directly to Jianguo Hotel to check in and went out to shoot. I went to the street and did not recognize the direction and also more than one hour to walk to Tiananmen Square. But there is no car in the street, so I have to walk. Then the PLA soldiers suddenly rushed out. Everyone was terrified and ran away. I did, too, and the PLA must have fired shots. I also heard gunshots. I remember I went to the hospital that night, I remember I saw dead bodies. I have never been to Beijing before. I didn't even know where Tiananmen Square was. This was the worst situation. On the second day, I meet Jeff Widener at the AP's Beijing office. He showed me the photo of the person and the tanks, and then asked me, "Vincent, is this photo good?" I said at the time: "OK!" I think this is very interesting. I think I could say "OK" no matter what he showed me at that time. I don't even know what is going on. There is only one word "shock" in Beijing. The last memory was on June 9, that was my birthday. Deng Xiaoping finally made a speech and called "June 9 speech." He met the martial army and said that the incident was a "counter-revolutionary riot." That day I was going to shoot commemoration from the stadium. It was very painful and very emotional. Everyone there was very emotional too."
Hong Kong – May-September 1989
2. ARCHIVE STILLS: Various archive images of demonstrations in Hong Kong
Hong Kong – June 4 2016
3. ARCHIVE STILL: Tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong.
As pro-democracy protests took hold in China in 1989, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of neighboring Hong Kong to show their support.
Associated Press photographer Vincent Yu, who was just starting his career at the news service, covered the Hong Kong demonstrations, which continued even after a bloody June 3-4 military crackdown ended the student-led protests in mainland China.
His images are preserved in black and white prints with typed captions on one side, the way photos were distributed by AP in the pre-internet era.
They are raucous in the early days, when protesters shouted slogans denouncing hard-line Chinese leaders, and tearful at the end, when they remembered those who had been killed.
Today, they are still remembered in Hong Kong in an annual candlelight vigil.
The former British colony was returned to China in 1997, but its citizens have more freedom than mainland Chinese under the "one country, two systems" policy.