June 4th protests

June 4th protests

June 4 marks the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protest which in 1989 saw student-led demonstrations against the Communist government over several months in Beijing. The crackdown itself became known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre after China's leaders ordered the military to enforce martial law by sending troops in to remove the demonstrators. An unconfirmed number of unarmed civilians were killed in the crackdown. Estimated death toll goes from several hundred to several thousand.

Police say almost 1000 join annual June 4 Tiananmen Square remembrance march in Hong Kong

Police say almost 1000 join annual June 4 Tiananmen Square remembrance march in Hong Kong

Policy say almost 1000 people joined annual June 4 Tiananmen Square remembrance march in Hong Kong Sunday afternoon, as some pan-democrat legislators travelled to Shenzhen for dialogue with mainland officials in charge of Hong Kong affairs on political reform.

Monday, 1 June, 2015, 11:04am

Annual June 4 remembrance march to end at Hong Kong liaison office for first time

The 2014 march in commemoration of the June 4 crackdown. Photo: SCMP

Demonstrators in this year’s annual march ahead of the June 4 vigil will end their route at the liaison office of the central government in Hong Kong, a symbolic destination at which they intend to express their hope for a more democratic China. 

31 May 2015 - 12:47pm 8 comments

Tiananmen Square protests veteran Chen Ziming dies in Beijing

Civil rights activist Chen Ziming was sentenced to 13 years in jail for his part in the Tiananmen protests.

Chen Ziming, the veteran pro-democracy activist and one of the leading figures in the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, has died, a close friend said.

22 Oct 2014 - 11:33am 3 comments

Deng Xiaoping exhibit in Hong Kong may touch on June 4 crackdown

Visitors to the Deng Xiaoping exhibition will be looking out for material on the controversial June 4 events. Photo: Sam Tsang

An exhibition on the life of late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping may touch on the June 4 incident, an event organiser has suggested.

12 Aug 2014 - 3:11am 1 comment

LIVE BLOG: Tiananmen Square 25th anniversary vigil in Hong Kong

The annual vigil in Victoria Park. Photo: Robert Ng

Follow the latest news as thousands gather in Victoria Park for a candlelight vigil to remember those killed in the bloody crackdown of June 4, 1989

5 Jun 2014 - 7:29am 8 comments

Hu Yaobang's pilgrims remember reform efforts in lead-up to Tiananmen tragedy

A woman pays her respects to late party leader Hu Yaobang at his tomb in the Fuhua Mountain Yaobang Memorial Park in Gongqingcheng, Jiangxi province. Photo: Simon Song

Ma Jijun, an accountant from Shengzhou in Zhejiang province, bowed three times in front of the triangular tombstone before laying at its base a clutch of daisies.

He had travelled 650 kilometres to Gongqingcheng, in Jiangxi, for Ching Ming, the grave-sweeping festival, to honour Hu Yaobang, the late party general secretary whose life and death transformed China.

13 Apr 2014 - 7:53am

June 4 museum: 800 sq ft and a plan to 'change society'

The June 4 museum can "extend the discussion about the country's development from 1989", says curator Andrew Lam. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

It may be one of the smallest museums around, but the curator of the world's first June 4 memorial exhibition is confident it can have an impact far beyond its modest 800 sq ft when it opens later this month.

11 Apr 2014 - 5:13pm

Owners threaten legal action over world's first June 4 museum

Foo Hoo Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui

Property owners of a commercial tower in Tsim Sha Tsui will seek legal advice on whether the opening of a memorial museum dedicated to the Tiananmen Square crackdown would violate the building's rules.

10 Apr 2014 - 4:37am

Building's owners object to Tiananmen Square museum over fears of trouble

The museum at Foo Hoo Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: David Wong

Political considerations are behind property owners' objections to a June 4 museum in a Tsim Sha Tsui commercial building, the South China Morning Post has learned.

8 Apr 2014 - 5:27pm

The complexities of setting up a June 4 exhibit in Hong Kong

June 4 Memorial Museum in City University last year.

Is an office deed dispute over a June 4 exhibition another case of political interference, negligence by an anti-Beijing group - or both?

7 Apr 2014 - 2:40am 3 comments

June 4 museum in legal threat ahead of opening

Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong (2nd left) and Lee Cheuk-yan (3rd left) of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China lay wreaths to victims of the June 4th Massacre and April 5th Tiananmen Incident.

The group behind the world's first museum dedicated to the Tiananmen Square crackdown - due to open in Hong Kong this month - has been warned that it may be violating property deeds.

7 Apr 2014 - 4:54am 3 comments

Activist jailed 18 months for June 4 protest bid

Hundreds of protesters were killed in 1989 when the People's Liberation Army cracked down on the student democracy movement in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Photo: AP

A Jiangsu court has sentenced a man to 18 months in jail for applying to hold a protest on the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, his lawyer said.

25 Mar 2014 - 4:09am

Activist's bid to overturn June 4 vigil punishment fails in Guangzhou

Li Weiguo was detained for 15 days after he filed an application to hold a candlelight vigil and march in Guangzhou on June 4 last year.

Li Weiguo, 43, was detained for 15 days on charges of inciting an illegal gathering after he filed an application to hold a candlelight vigil and march in the provincial capital on June 4.

23 Jan 2014 - 3:56am

Museum on June 4 incident in works

Lee Cheuk-yan

Tourists from the mainland will be able to find out more about the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown when the world's first permanent memorial museum on the incident opens in Hong Kong in April.

22 Dec 2013 - 4:51am 1 comment

China needs more people like Zhu Rongji

Former Chinese premier Zhu Rongji's new book is released in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

The deft handling of protesters in Shanghai by Zhu Rongji after the June 4 crackdown helped avert bloodshed and catapulted him into the central leadership.

17 Aug 2013 - 2:52am 6 comments