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.

Hong Kong University students’ union plans ‘alternative’ June 4 vigil

Hongkongers should hold out hope for democracy even if the mainland has no democracy, union president Billy Fung says. Photo: David Wong

The student union of the University of Hong Kong will for the first time organise its own public assembly commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, to give mourners an "alternative" to the annual candlelight vigil at Victoria Park.

Thursday, 28 May, 2015, 5:45am 4 comments

Reform meeting with Beijing officials more important than June 4 march, CY Leung says

Leung Chun-ying says Shenzhen talks will be useful.Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Pan-democratic lawmakers who plan to skip Shenzhen talks next month have been asked by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying: is it more important to meet Beijing officials on electoral reform or to attend a commemoration of the Tiananmen Square crackdown?

27 May 2015 - 8:44am 56 comments

Hong Kong's June 4 vigil will also support mainland Chinese arrested for supporting Occupy

Hong Kong's June 4 vigil will also support mainland Chinese arrested for supporting Occupy

The annual candlelight vigil that commemorates the Tiananmen Square crackdown will this year also pay tribute to some 300 mainlanders arrested for backing Hong Kong's Occupy movement.

21 May 2015 - 9:55am 8 comments

Late Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang can be laid to rest - a decade after death

A woman weeps in front of a picture of Zhao Ziyang, the late general secretary of China's Communist Party, at Zhao's former home in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: Kyodo

The family of late liberal Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang said on Sunday they had finally received approval for the burial of his ashes, a decade after his death.

9 Apr 2015 - 11:22am 2 comments

June 4 Museum reopens with exhibition of crackdown evidence

Albert Ho at the re-opening of June 4th Museum. Photo: May Tse

The June 4 Museum has reopened with an exhibition of artefacts from the Tiananmen crackdown, including a bullet that was only removed from a protester's thigh 19 years after the event.

15 Apr 2015 - 2:00pm 4 comments

Hong Kong student federation may quit pro-democracy alliance ahead of Tiananmen vigil

Federation leader Nathan Law says he doesn't have a strong view on quitting the pro-democracy alliance that organises the annual vigil to commemorate the Tiananmen crackdown. Photos: AFP, Jonathan Wong

The student body behind the Occupy movement is split on whether it should join the annual vigil to commemorate the Tiananmen crackdown and quit the pro-democracy alliance that organises it.

15 Apr 2015 - 2:00pm 4 comments

June 4 student leader Chai Ling says her faith is driving her to seek confession of alleged rape by fellow dissident Yuan Zhiming in 1990

Illustration: Craig Stephens

Of all the 1989 student leaders who fled China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, few have been surrounded by more controversy than Chai Ling.

9 Mar 2015 - 7:46am 1 comment

Likelihood of a 'mini-Tiananmen' worries government, Regina Ip says

Likelihood of a 'mini-Tiananmen' worries government, Regina Ip says

The potential for a "mini-Tiananmen" movement to evolve from pro-democracy class boycotts at local secondary schools and universities worries the government, a former chief of the Security Bureau says.

29 Sep 2014 - 9:14am 26 comments

Activist lawyer vows to keep fighting for human rights

Teng Biao, a mainland civil-rights lawyer, says the desire for rights and justice will not be defeated by repression. Photo: May Tse

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.

31 Aug 2014 - 4:49am

Outspoken writer released after turning himself in over Tiananmen anniversary event

Hao Qun, a Beijing-based novelist, stands outside the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Central during a visit in 2011. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

The motion was tabled by lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, which organised the annual candlelight vigil at Victoria Park on June 4. Photo: Nora Tam

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

Former Premier Li Peng toasts Bill Clinton during a visit by the then US President to Beijing in 1998. Photo: AP

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

Guo Jian is greeted by friends as he arrives at Sydney Airport. Photo: AP

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 Tiananmen Mothers, was among those angered by the Deutsche Welle article. Photo: AFP

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

Chen Guang before his detention. Photo: AP

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