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In pictures: Nanjing memorial

Crowds at the memorial hall of Nanjing massacre

Crowds have gathered in Nanjing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Chinese city's most notorious event - the massacre of hundreds of thousands by Japanese troops.

Monk prays before an altar in Nanjing

Monks, nuns, city dignitaries and survivors of the events of 1937 gathered at the solemn memorial ceremony.

People look at names of victims at the memorial hall

The ceremony marked the reopening of the Memorial Hall of the Nanjing Massacre, which includes a display of all of the names of those who are thought to have died.

Pigeons released over Nanjing

A bell was rung and 3,000 pigeons released into the air as a symbol of peace.

Crowds listen to speakers at the memorial ceremony

The memorial was deliberately low-key, as Chinese officials seek to improve relations with Tokyo. Some Japanese dispute China's description of the scale of the massacre.

Young woman holds a banner in Nanjing

But the events of 1937 are still fresh in the minds of many Chinese people, and some came to the service carrying banners urging their compatriots never to forget.





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