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Hong Kong has lowered the national and regional flags to half-mast, to mourn the eight victims of Monday's hostage crisis in Manila. A condolence ceremony has been held at the city's landmark Golden Bauhinia Square. At the ceremony, Chief Executive Donald Tsang and other senior officials paid their respect to the victims.

It was another solemn morning for Hong Kong.

Both the national flag and regional flag were raised then lowered to half-mast.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang and other senior officials observed three-minutes of silence to extend their respect to the eight who were killed in the bloody shoot-out.

During the mourning ceremony, all governmental services except for emergency and entry-exit services were suspended for three minutes. Public servants also took part, mourning at their place of work.

Hong Kong's 7 million residents were called on to participate in the ceremony or mourn the victims at the same time in other ways.

It's been a hard three days for the city, since Monday's tragedy unfolded.

All the city's government buildings started lowering flags to half-mast to mourn the victims on Tuesday. The SAR government said the regional flags at all government buildings will continue to be flown at half-mast on Wednesday and Thursday.

Hong Kong has lowered the national and regional flags to half-mast, to mourn the eight victims of Monday's hostage crisis in Manila. A condolence ceremony has been held at the city's landmark Golden Bauhinia Square. At the ceremony, Chief Executive Donald Tsang and other senior officials paid their respect to the victims.
Hong Kong has lowered the national and regional flags to half-mast, to mourn the 
eight victims of Monday's hostage crisis in Manila. A condolence ceremony has 
been held at the city's landmark Golden Bauhinia Square. At the ceremony, Chief 
Executive Donald Tsang and other senior officials paid their respect to the 

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