Plainclothes security personnel watch as tourists visit Tiananmen Gate on Friday, June 4, 2021, the 32nd anniversary of a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Beijing. Commemorations of the June 4, 1989 crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests were especially muted on Friday amid pandemic restrictions and increasing political repression. Photo: AP Photo Plainclothes security personnel watch as tourists visit Tiananmen Gate on Friday, June 4, 2021, the 32nd anniversary of a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Beijing. Commemorations of the June 4, 1989 crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests were especially muted on Friday amid pandemic restrictions and increasing political repression. Photo: AP Photo
Plainclothes security personnel watch as tourists visit Tiananmen Gate on Friday, June 4, 2021, the 32nd anniversary of a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Beijing. Commemorations of the June 4, 1989 crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests were especially muted on Friday amid pandemic restrictions and increasing political repression. Photo: AP Photo

Past and present Taiwanese presidents honour 1989 Tiananmen protests while gatherings are banned

  • Former president Ma Ying-jeou said Beijing needed to face up to history over the protests, and that would help bridge cross-strait differences
  • A Hong Kong censorship-tracking project uncovers Weibo messages deleted on Friday, including posts about the need to acknowledge history

Topic |   Tiananmen Square crackdown
Plainclothes security personnel watch as tourists visit Tiananmen Gate on Friday, June 4, 2021, the 32nd anniversary of a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Beijing. Commemorations of the June 4, 1989 crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests were especially muted on Friday amid pandemic restrictions and increasing political repression. Photo: AP Photo Plainclothes security personnel watch as tourists visit Tiananmen Gate on Friday, June 4, 2021, the 32nd anniversary of a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Beijing. Commemorations of the June 4, 1989 crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests were especially muted on Friday amid pandemic restrictions and increasing political repression. Photo: AP Photo
Plainclothes security personnel watch as tourists visit Tiananmen Gate on Friday, June 4, 2021, the 32nd anniversary of a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Beijing. Commemorations of the June 4, 1989 crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests were especially muted on Friday amid pandemic restrictions and increasing political repression. Photo: AP Photo
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