People’s Liberation Army enter Tiananmen Square in Beijing in the early hours of June 4, 1989, when hundreds, possibly thousands, of student protesters were killed by troops. In his new book, Liao Yiwu talks to fellow witnesses to the crackdown about what they saw and their lives since then. Photo: AFP

People who cannot forget: the Tiananmen crackdown and lives it ruined – survivors interviewed by poet Liao Yiwu

  • Poet Liao Yiwu’s searing account of what happened in Beijing on June 4, 1989, and its lasting impact, doggedly collected from witnesses, demands attention
  • Liao and the working-class people and peasants he interviews are unsparing in their criticism of decision-makers, and of ordinary Chinese for their passivity
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People’s Liberation Army enter Tiananmen Square in Beijing in the early hours of June 4, 1989, when hundreds, possibly thousands, of student protesters were killed by troops. In his new book, Liao Yiwu talks to fellow witnesses to the crackdown about what they saw and their lives since then. Photo: AFP
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