Category Archives: Tiananmen

“Tens of thousands are due to attend a candlelight vigil in Hong…



“Tens of thousands are due to attend a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Thursday to mark China’s 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing, an anniversary given added poignancy by protests that gripped the Chinese-run city last year.The political temperature is rising again in Hong Kong ahead of a June 17 vote on a Beijing-vetted electoral package that democrats says makes a mockery of pledges to eventually grant the city universal suffrage.

China sent in the tanks to break up the student-led protests in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. China has never released a death toll but estimates from human rights groups and witnesses range from several hundred to several thousand.Security was tight on the square on Thursday, with lines at bag checks hundreds of people long. A Reuters reporter saw a middle-aged woman holding a plastic rose hauled away from a checkpoint by authorities.”

For more, see James Pomfret and Clare Baldwin, “Hong Kong ‘Umbrella’ Protests Add Poignancy to Tiananmen Vigil,” Reuters (4 June 2015)

Image:  Reuters / Tyrone Siu 

“On a spring evening in 1989, with the student occupation of…



"On a spring evening in 1989, with the student occupation of Tiananmen Square entering its second month and the Chinese leadership unnerved and divided, top army commanders were summoned to headquarters to pledge their support for the use of military force to quash the protests.

One refused.”

For more, see Andrew Jacobs and Chris Buckley, “Tales of Army Discord Show Tiananmen Square in a New Light,” New York Times (2 June 2014)

Image: Liu Heung Shing / Associated Press

“Chinese mainland travellers visit Hong Kong June 4th…



Chinese mainland travellers visit Hong Kong June 4th museum ahead of 25th anniversary- South China Morning Post (4 June 2014)

As the video intro notes, “The mainland travellers were among the 7,000 people that visited the museum, which contains the world’s first permanent exhibition devoted to the 1989 democracy movement, since its opening on April 26th. Read the full article here.”

Voices from Tiananmen: Eyewitnesses look back to the spring of 1989 | South China Morning Post

Voices from Tiananmen: Eyewitnesses look back to the spring of 1989 | South China Morning Post: