Tiananmen Square crackdown

A pro-democracy movement in Beijing in 1989, triggered by the death of reformist ex-leader Hu Yaobang on April 15 that year, developed into large-scale street protests and weeks-long sit-ins and hunger strikes at the city's Tiananmen Square by students and residents. They demonstrated against China's central government and called for greater freedoms. In the early hours of June 4, the military moved in to remove them. An unconfirmed number of unarmed civilians were killed in the crackdown.

A soldier stands guard in front of a portrait of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square. Where are the events in Beijing remembering the military crackdown on pro-democracy students on June 4, 1989, in Tiananmen Square? Photo: Simon Song

When will Beijing have the courage to mark June 4?

Beijing’s decision to hold a series of high-profile events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the “228 Incident”, in which thousands of Taiwanese were killed by China’s then Kuomintang government, is a welcome development, despite its ridiculous argument behind the decision.