People gather outside the Memorial Hall for the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre to mark the 69th anniversary of the massacre, in Nanjing, capital of eastern China's Jiangsu Province, Wednesday, December 13, 2006. [Photo: China News Service]
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Around 3,000 people, including both domestic and overseas peace lovers, gathered at the square of the Memorial Hall for the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre Wednesday morning to mourn the victims of the massacre on its 69th anniversary.
The gathering observed a moment of silence for the victims as sirens were sounded at ten o'clock in the morning in Nanjing, capital of eastern China's Jiangsu Province.
Dozens of Chinese and Japanese Buddhist monks offered prayers for peace at the occasion.
Japanese aggressors occupied Nanjing, then capital of China, on Dec. 13, 1937, launching a six-week-long massacre. Historical records show that more than 300,000 Chinese people, including both disarmed soldiers and innocent civilians, were massacred.
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