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 localists voice frustrations and call for independence at alternative rally for June 4

The June 4 rally in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: AFP

While tens of thousands lit candles in Victoria Park on June 4, protesters unhappy with the vigil’s emphasis on mainland democracy rather than Hong Kong joined an alternative rally under the clock tower in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Friday, 5 June, 2015, 1:47am 1 comment

In Hong Kong, why remembering Tiananmen has divided the Occupy student movement

In Hong Kong, why remembering Tiananmen has divided the Occupy student movement

Some student groups have decided to hold their own Tiananmen Square crackdown vigil on June 4th instead of attending the main rememberance event held in Hong Kong's largest park each year. The student groups say the city should be fighting for it's own democracy instead of being concerned about an event in China that -- for many of them -- occurred before they were born. 

5 Jun 2015 - 10:44am

Victoria Park lit up at June 4 vigil as 'localist' groups stage alternative rallies

Thousands flocked to this year’s candlelight vigil in Victoria Park. Photo: Robert Ng

Thousands flocked to this year’s candlelight vigil in Victoria Park to mark the 26th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, but turnout fell from last year's record 180,000 attendance.

5 Jun 2015 - 12:34pm 43 comments

WeChat users unable to transfer money in amounts related to Tiananmen crackdown anniversary

Chinese paramilitary police march at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China on June 3, 2015, a day ahead of the 26th anniversary of the June 4, 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests.. Photo: EPA

Users of China's most-popular real-time messaging service WeChat are allegedly being blocked from transferring money in amounts related to the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

4 Jun 2015 - 9:21pm 3 comments

FireTweet app aims to let Chinese access Twitter freely on June 4 'internet maintenance day'

Twitter is one of many services blocked by China's so-called ''Great Firewall''. Photo: Reuters

A new app developed by a US State Department-funded anti-censorship organisation allows users in countries where Twitter is blocked, such as mainland China, to access the social network.

4 Jun 2015 - 1:21pm 4 comments

Hong Kong’s Tiananmen vigil in spotlight amid growth of localism and alternative rallies

A secondary school student joins last year's vigil in Victoria Park. Photo: Nora Tam

Turnout for the annual June 4 candlelight vigil in Hong Kong's Victoria Park tonight could be affected by alternative rallies at other venues and the growth of localism.

5 Jun 2015 - 4:02pm 21 comments

Tiananmen leader ‘hurt and sad’ at localist Hongkongers’ hostile stance on mainland China

Zhou Fengsuo visited Occupy Central camps in Hong Kong last year. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

A former student leader of Beijing’s 1989 democracy movement is “hurt and sad” to see some Hong Kong youths have taken a hostile stance towards those who commemorate the events of 26 years ago.

4 Jun 2015 - 1:59am 10 comments

WATCH: Club 71's Grace Ma on 1989, 2003 and what the bar means to her

Grace Ma behind the bar at Club 71

Grace Ma, who ran Club 64 for years before opening Club 71, looks back at the events of June 4, 1989 and at subsequent years of protest in Hong Kong.

3 Jun 2015 - 8:19pm

Never before seen images of Tiananmen protest published as negatives

A negative image of the goddess of democracy  in Tiananmen Square in 1989, shot by Xu Yong. CLICK ON IMAGE TO LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY.

A smartphone is needed to view as positives the images by Xu Yong, which the Chinese photographer insists are art.

2 Jun 2015 - 11:22am 1 comment

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

June 4 vigil still delivers powerful message, say young activists

Michael Chan (left) and Heyson Tang. Photo: Edmond So

Critics deride the June 4 rally as a 'crying and sobbing' parade, but two campaigners say the annual march still delivers a powerful message.

31 May 2015 - 7:58pm 16 comments

Hong Kong lawmaker 'Long Hair' denied entry to Malaysia to speak about Tiananmen crackdown

Leung Kwok-hung returns from Malaysia. Photo: May Tse

Pan-democratic lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung was denied entry at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, becoming the second Hong Kong activist in a week to be turned back by Malaysian authorities after being invited to speak on mainland Chinese affairs.

30 May 2015 - 7:41am 32 comments

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

(From left) Colman Li Fung Kei, Billy Fung and Samuel Lai announced HKU students' union has decided to break away from the annual Victoria Park vigil for the first time. 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.

28 May 2015 - 8:59am 7 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?

16 Jun 2015 - 5:49pm 57 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

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