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Tiananmen Square crackdown

Tiananmen Square crackdown

A pro-democracy movement in the Chinese capital in 1989, triggered by the death of reformist ex-leader Hu Yaobang on April 15, developed into large-scale street protests and weeks-long sit-in and hunger strike at the Tiananmen Square by students and residents. After branding the movement a "counter-revolutionary riot," Communist Party leaders headed by Deng Xiaoping declared martial law in Beijing and ordered PLA troops to  remove the protesters by force. Hundreds, if not thousands, of students and citizens were killed and wounded during the June 3-4 crackdown, which has also been known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The crackdown drew international condemnation, political isolation and arms embargo by the West.

Activist lawyer vows to keep fighting for human rights

Softly spoken and easily embarrassed, Teng Biao has a reserved, childlike gentleness. Yet few people have his moral courage to speak up for what they believe in, particularly when there is a price to pay.

Sunday, 31 August, 2014, 4:49am

Outspoken writer released after turning himself in over Tiananmen anniversary event

Novelist Hao Qun was released last night after being summoned by Beijing police over his statement of surrender for planning to attend a Tiananmen Square crackdown commemoration.

10 Jul 2014 - 4:18am

Move to condemn Tiananmen Square crackdown defeated in Legco

A motion condemning the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown was defeated in the Legislative Council last night.

26 Jun 2014 - 5:28am

Li Peng publishes his political memoir – but fails to cover his role in Tiananmen crackdown

Li Peng, the retired premier who played a key role in the bloody crackdown of Tiananmen Square protest 25 years ago, published his official memoir yesterday.

The autobiography of the 85-year-old, which covers events only up to 1983 and omits the highly-sensitive episodes of his later political career, has 16 chapters, 130 pictures and runs to 490,000 words, Xinhua said.

25 Jun 2014 - 6:40pm 8 comments

Beijing deports artist detained in Tiananmen anniversary crackdown

Chinese-born Australian artist Guo Jian detained in Beijing ahead of the 25th anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen Square crackdown arrived in Sydney on Tuesday after being deported.

17 Jun 2014 - 12:48pm 1 comment

June 4 and the crimes of Nazism

Ding Zilin, the founder of the support group Tiananmen Mothers, asked recently: "Would Mr Frank Sieren please ask his ancestors what Nazism means?"

17 Jun 2014 - 4:00am

Artist Chen Guang detained for Tiananmen Square anniversary freed

Soldier-turned-artist Chen Guang was released more than a month after he was detained in Beijing ahead of the 25th anniversary of the military crackdown on pro-democracy protests, his friend said.

15 Jun 2014 - 5:39am

Human rights group releases list of over 100 people detained during Tiananmen anniversary

A human rights group has released a list of over 100 activists, journalists, lawyers, dissidents and other assorted individuals who are thought to have been detained by the government in the wake of the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

12 Jun 2014 - 6:39pm

Tiananmen leader Zhou Fengsuo vows solidarity after secret China trip

A top leader of the Tiananmen Square protests said he found that the movement’s message resonated more than ever after he slipped into China to mark the 25th anniversary quietly.

10 Jun 2014 - 1:57pm

How they see it

Chinese society still remembers how poor we were 25 years ago. But the country has grown into the world's second largest economy today.

8 Jun 2014 - 7:53am