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Tiananmen Square Massacre
referred to in Chinese as the “June 4 Incident”

Lest we forget

Twenty years ago, on June 4, 1989, the Chinese military quelled a seven-week peaceful protest by killing countless pro-democracy activists and defenseless citizens. China has a strong interest in suppressing the memories of the violent event and has cracked down on perceived trouble makers in the run-up to the 20th anniversary.

Tens of thousands of uniformed and plainclothes officers are being deployed across Beijing. According to the BBC, the Chinese government is blocking Tiananmen-related websites; a protest vigil is held in Hong Kong. 

1989 images from the “Square of Heavenly Peace”

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Tiananmen Square

China Hong Kong Tiananmen Crackdown

 images: AP and DPA

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  1. hang2gether

    I find it atrocious that the “pro-democracy” United States government continues to gloss over human rights abuses that continue in China to this very day. Let’s hope that Tiananmen Square can be a symbol of the past before we reach it’s 40 year anniversary.

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