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Call for Justice Silenced on 35th Tiananmen Anniversary

Police monitor Tiananmen Square while government silences critics

(Newser) - Checkpoints and rows of police vehicles lined a major road leading to Beijing's Tiananmen Square on Tuesday as China heightened security on the 35th anniversary of a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests, per the AP . China has long quashed any memory of the killings, when the Chinese government ordered...

This Photo Is Being Censored in China

The runners' numbers just so happen to make 6/4, the anniversary of Tiananmen Square

(Newser) - It was a congratulatory hug following a Sunday race at the Asian Games—and photos of it are being scrubbed from social media in China. Lin Yuwei took gold in the 100m hurdles; Wu Yanni embraced her. It's an innocuous enough scene, except for the race numbers they happen...

Chinese Defector: I'll Wait 'Months' in Airport If I Have to

Tiananmen Square critic Chen Siming says he feels safe in Taiwan, though he wants to go to US

(Newser) - A Chinese dissident known for his commemorations of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre is currently holed up in a Taiwan airport, pleading for asylum from the United States, or Canada if the US won't take him. Chen Siming has been hunkered down since Friday at Taoyuan International Airport near...

34 Years Later, Big Questions on Tiananmen Unanswered

China tightens access to site of crackdown, whose casualty total remains unknown

(Newser) - China tightened access to Tiananmen Square in central Beijing on Sunday, the anniversary of the military suppression of 1989 pro-democracy protests that left a still unknown number of people dead and discussions and commemorations forbidden within the country. In Hong Kong, eight people, including activists and artists, were detained on...

China May Have Caused Tiananmen 'Streisand Effect'

E-commerce personality went offline after displaying tank-shaped ice cream snack

(Newser) - As in previous years, China fought hard this year to suppress any mention of the deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989—and one of the country's most prominent e-commerce influencers may have accidentally fallen on the wrong side of censors. On the eve...

Small Gestures Honor Tiananmen Victims
Small Gestures Honor
Tiananmen Victims

Small Gestures Honor Tiananmen Victims

Police block displays in Hong Kong, but vigils take place elsewhere in the world

(Newser) - Heavy police force patrolled Hong Kong's Victoria Park on Saturday after authorities for a third consecutive year banned public commemoration of the anniversary of the deadly Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, with vigils overseas the only place marking the event. For decades, the AP reports, Hong Kong and nearby...

Hong Kong Students Stealthily Commemorate Tiananmen

'Goddess of Democracy' statues pop up as police vow to stop annual vigil

(Newser) - What's being described as a subtle "rebellion" has taken place at the Chinese University of Hong Kong ahead of the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. For decades, Hong Kong had marked the anniversary of the June 4, 1989, pro-democracy protest in Beijing—where soldiers opened fire...

Hong Kong's 'Pillar of Shame' Taken Down

It was last monument to Tiananmen massacre

(Newser) - A monument at a Hong Kong university that was the best-known public remembrance of the Tiananmen Square massacre on Chinese soil was dismantled and removed in the early hours of Thursday, wiping out the city's last place of public commemoration of the bloody 1989 crackdown. For some at the...

University of Hong Kong Wants 'Pillar of Shame' to Go

Creator requests immunity from national security law to remove pro-democracy symbol

(Newser) - The Danish sculptor behind one of the last pro-democracy symbols in Hong Kong is asking authorities for legal protection so he can remove it at the request of the University of Hong Kong. The Pillar of Shame, a 26-foot-tall copper sculpture depicting torn and twisted bodies—created in honor of...

Tiananmen Vigil Organizers Charged With Subversion

Hong Kong police seize items from June 4 museum

(Newser) - Three leaders of the group that organized an annual Tiananmen candlelight vigil were being held in custody Friday after they were charged with subversion under Hong Kong's national security law, as authorities intensify a crackdown on dissent in the city. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic...

Microsoft: 'Human Error' Caused Famous Pic to Vanish Online

Company denies censorship led Bing to stifle search results for Tiananmen Square's 'Tank Man'

(Newser) - Friday was the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in China, which means lots of people headed online to peruse articles and pictures of the incident that led to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of protester deaths. One photo that interested parties in several countries couldn't initially find, at least...

Hong Kong Arrests Organizer of Tiananmen Vigil

Residents told they could face 5 years in prison for attending banned event

(Newser) - Police arrested an organizer of Hong Kong's annual candlelight vigil remembering the deadly Tiananmen Square crackdown and warned people not to attend the banned event Friday as authorities mute China's last pro-democracy voices. In past years, tens of thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong's Victoria Park...

'Grandma Wong' Arrested At Solo Hong Kong Protest

Long-time activist showed up to canceled Tiananmen march

(Newser) - A 65-year-old pro-democracy activist, the only one to show up to a canceled demonstration in Hong Kong, has been arrested. Alexandra Wong, widely known as Grandma Wong, would have been at a march Sunday ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown if authorities hadn’t used...

Joshua Wong Sentenced for Taking Part in Tiananmen Vigil

HK pro-democracy leader gets 10 months for marking 1989 massacre

(Newser) - Prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was sentenced to more jail time Thursday for participating in an unauthorized vigil to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, as Hong Kong authorities exert more control over dissent in the city. For years, Hong Kong was the only place in China where people were...

Hong Kong Bans Annual Tiananmen Square Vigil

Organizers say they planned to maintain social distancing at June 4 event

(Newser) - Police in Hong Kong have banned the annual candelit vigil in memory of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre—and organizers fear it will never be allowed again. In 1990, an estimated 180,000 people attended the vigil in Victoria Park to mark the first anniversary of the massacre of pro-democracy...

He Took an Iconic Pic, Then Hid the Film in the Toilet

Charlie Cole snapped one of the historic shots in China's Tiananmen Square in June 1989

(Newser) - As Charlie Cole stood on a hotel balcony overlooking Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989, a a stunning sight unfolded before his eyes. A man on the street below defiantly placed himself directly in front of a line of Chinese military tanks sent to disrupt the pro-democracy protests there, and...

'Butcher of Beijing' Dies
'Butcher of Beijing' Dies

'Butcher of Beijing' Dies

Li Peng declared martial law during Tiananmen Square protests

(Newser) - Chinese state media say former Premier Li Peng, who announced martial law during the Tiananmen Square protests, has died. The legacy of the former premier is reflected in modern China itself, where extended and broad-based economic growth is inextricably coupled with authoritarian political controls, the AP reports. Li, who died...

Hong Kongers Hold Huge Vigil on Tiananmen Anniversary

Organizers say 180K attended

(Newser) - Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong gathered Tuesday night to mark 30 years since China's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, underscoring continuing concern for Chinese human rights in the semi-autonomous territory, even as its own civil liberties are under threat . Hong Kong is the only...

Somehow, We Still Don't Know Who 'Tank Man' Is
30 Years Later, Fate
of 'Tank Man' Is Unknown
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30 Years Later, Fate of 'Tank Man' Is Unknown

As is the identity of one of the world's most famous protesters

(Newser) - It is not just one of the most enduring images from the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989, but one of the most enduring images from the 20th century, period, observes the New York Times . The image, of course, is that of "Tank Man," the protester who stood alone...

China Blasts Pompeo for 'Grossly' Intervening

He issued a statement in advance of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre

(Newser) - China stepped up security around Tiananmen Square in central Beijing on Tuesday, as its embassy in Washington criticized the top US diplomat for his statement on its bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests at the square 30 years ago. Extra checkpoints and street closures greeted tourists who showed up before 5am...

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