China was gripped by a pro-democracy movement in 1989, triggered by the death of reformist ex-leader Hu Yaobang. Mass street protests, weeks-long sit-ins and hunger strikes at Tiananmen Square by students and residents became the order of the day as demonstrators complained about corruption and demanded greater democracy as well as government transparency. The social unrest culminated in a brutal military crackdown on June 4 ordered by Beijing that effectively ended the movement and continues to be the subject of great controversy to this day.
With the country at the crossroads, Jiang Zemin kept opening up and reform on track, put paid to international isolation and ensured the city’s governing principle of ‘one country, two systems’ was adhered to.
The fate of pro-democracy groups under the national security law has raised fears for legitimate rights and freedoms that must continue to be protected and exercised under the Basic Law.
Zeng Yuxuan pleads guilty to sedition after arranging for nine-meter-tall lithograph to be publicly displayed as part of campaign for statue marking 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown to be returned to artist.
Security minister Chris Tang’s letter revealed by Danish artist Jens Galschiot, who created Pillar of Shame marking Tiananmen Square crackdown
Yan, a one-time translator for Mao Zedong, was removed from his positions soon after June 4 crackdown, returned years later as vice-minister of civil affairs and continued public service into retirement.
More than 6,000 officers to be out on the streets on Saturday in wake of spate of stabbings and to deter potential trouble at handover commemoration events
Staff and student representatives at Hong Kong University insist proposed penalties for bringing it into disrepute vague and would damage academic freedom
Justice department’s appeal against Chow Hang-tung’s acquittal approved as case involves points of ‘great and general importance’, three judges say.
Head of Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute says decision was taken after ‘risk assessment’ by administration.
Authorities hit back after UN reaction to June 4 crackdown anniversary detentions and international consulates’ commemorations of event.
Among those taken away were Chan Po-ying, leader of League of Social Democrats, and Leo Tang Kin-wah, ex-vice-chairman of disbanded Confederation of Trade Unions.
Police say another four people detained on suspicion of ‘disrupting social harmony’.
Mainland Chinese dissidents behind New York Tiananmen Square museum say Hong Kong has lost role in advancing ‘democracy and freedom’ in country.
About 5,000 officers will patrol streets, conduct roadblocks and stop-and-search checks at ‘high-risk locations’ over weekend.
Chris Tang says authorities will take ‘resolute action’ against anyone taking advantage of approaching ‘special occasion’ to threaten national security.
Culture minister Kevin Yeung says removing potentially problematic books from shelves before reviewing them is common practice.
Member of Public Libraries Advisory Committee also says books about city’s social movements should not be censored, so long as they are factual accounts.
Keyword check of library archives by Post in Chinese and English finds no works related to the military crackdown in Beijing 34 years ago.
Chow Hang-tung, figure behind annual candlelight vigil of June 4 crackdown in Beijing, named winner of this year’s Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.
Secretary for Security Chris Tang says decision to take sculpture marking crackdown at Tiananmen Square in 1989 was not based on any ‘special consideration’.
National security police execute search warrant at Kadoorie Centre and seize controversial artwork.
Tsui Hon-kwong and Tang Ngok-kwan released on bail pending appeal; former vice-chairwoman Chow Hang-tung remains in custody after refusing conditions.
Magistrate convicts trio from Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China.
Judge rules in favour of Chow Hang-tung on grounds police had failed to consider suggestions on how event could be held safely.
Judge rules that Lee Cheuk-yan is a high risk for absconding and orders he should stay on remand until trial.
European officials say Xi’s comments during a meeting with EU Council President Charles Michel may signal he is ready to loosen controls further.
Seattle trip launched Jiang’s steering of bilateral ties, the high points of which were China’s entry to the WTO and hosting of the 2008 Olympics.