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Hong Kong's 'Pillar of Shame' Taken Down

It was last monument to Tiananmen massacre

(Newser) - A monument at a Hong Kong university that was the best-known public remembrance of the Tiananmen Square massacre on Chinese soil was dismantled and removed in the early hours of Thursday, wiping out the city's last place of public commemoration of the bloody 1989 crackdown. For some at the...

University of Hong Kong Wants 'Pillar of Shame' to Go

Creator requests immunity from national security law to remove pro-democracy symbol

(Newser) - The Danish sculptor behind one of the last pro-democracy symbols in Hong Kong is asking authorities for legal protection so he can remove it at the request of the University of Hong Kong. The Pillar of Shame, a 26-foot-tall copper sculpture depicting torn and twisted bodies—created in honor of...

Tiananmen Vigil Organizers Charged With Subversion

Hong Kong police seize items from June 4 museum

(Newser) - Three leaders of the group that organized an annual Tiananmen candlelight vigil were being held in custody Friday after they were charged with subversion under Hong Kong's national security law, as authorities intensify a crackdown on dissent in the city. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic...

Microsoft: 'Human Error' Caused Famous Pic to Vanish Online

Company denies censorship led Bing to stifle search results for Tiananmen Square's 'Tank Man'

(Newser) - Friday was the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in China, which means lots of people headed online to peruse articles and pictures of the incident that led to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of protester deaths. One photo that interested parties in several countries couldn't initially find, at least...

Hong Kong Arrests Organizer of Tiananmen Vigil

Residents told they could face 5 years in prison for attending banned event

(Newser) - Police arrested an organizer of Hong Kong's annual candlelight vigil remembering the deadly Tiananmen Square crackdown and warned people not to attend the banned event Friday as authorities mute China's last pro-democracy voices. In past years, tens of thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong's Victoria Park...

'Grandma Wong' Arrested At Solo Hong Kong Protest

Long-time activist showed up to canceled Tiananmen march

(Newser) - A 65-year-old pro-democracy activist, the only one to show up to a canceled demonstration in Hong Kong, has been arrested. Alexandra Wong, widely known as Grandma Wong, would have been at a march Sunday ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown if authorities hadn’t used...

Joshua Wong Sentenced for Taking Part in Tiananmen Vigil

HK pro-democracy leader gets 10 months for marking 1989 massacre

(Newser) - Prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was sentenced to more jail time Thursday for participating in an unauthorized vigil to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, as Hong Kong authorities exert more control over dissent in the city. For years, Hong Kong was the only place in China where people were...

Hong Kong Bans Annual Tiananmen Square Vigil

Organizers say they planned to maintain social distancing at June 4 event

(Newser) - Police in Hong Kong have banned the annual candelit vigil in memory of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre—and organizers fear it will never be allowed again. In 1990, an estimated 180,000 people attended the vigil in Victoria Park to mark the first anniversary of the massacre of pro-democracy...

He Took an Iconic Pic, Then Hid the Film in the Toilet

Charlie Cole snapped one of the historic shots in China's Tiananmen Square in June 1989

(Newser) - As Charlie Cole stood on a hotel balcony overlooking Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989, a a stunning sight unfolded before his eyes. A man on the street below defiantly placed himself directly in front of a line of Chinese military tanks sent to disrupt the pro-democracy protests there, and...

'Butcher of Beijing' Dies
'Butcher of Beijing' Dies
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'Butcher of Beijing' Dies

Li Peng declared martial law during Tiananmen Square protests

(Newser) - Chinese state media say former Premier Li Peng, who announced martial law during the Tiananmen Square protests, has died. The legacy of the former premier is reflected in modern China itself, where extended and broad-based economic growth is inextricably coupled with authoritarian political controls, the AP reports. Li, who died...

Hong Kongers Hold Huge Vigil on Tiananmen Anniversary

Organizers say 180K attended

(Newser) - Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong gathered Tuesday night to mark 30 years since China's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, underscoring continuing concern for Chinese human rights in the semi-autonomous territory, even as its own civil liberties are under threat . Hong Kong is the only...

Somehow, We Still Don't Know Who 'Tank Man' Is
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30 Years Later, Fate of 'Tank Man' Is Unknown

As is the identity of one of the world's most famous protesters

(Newser) - It is not just one of the most enduring images from the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989, but one of the most enduring images from the 20th century, period, observes the New York Times . The image, of course, is that of "Tank Man," the protester who stood alone...

China Blasts Pompeo for 'Grossly' Intervening

He issued a statement in advance of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre

(Newser) - China stepped up security around Tiananmen Square in central Beijing on Tuesday, as its embassy in Washington criticized the top US diplomat for his statement on its bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests at the square 30 years ago. Extra checkpoints and street closures greeted tourists who showed up before 5am...

That Wasn't Suppression in Tiananmen Square, China Says

But US State Department calls 1989 violence a massacre

(Newser) - Hundreds or possibly thousands of people were killed 30 years ago next week when Chinese troops opened fire on demonstrations led by students in Tiananmen Square. China has never released a death toll. On Thursday, a Defense Ministry spokesman objected when asked if the military would mark the anniversary of...

27-Year-Old Telegram Holds Tiananmen Secret

UK received advance indication China was planning to massacre students

(Newser) - British officials knew in advance that the Chinese government was likely preparing to kill student protesters at Tiananmen Square in 1989—and their intelligence didn’t come at the last minute. Indeed, a telegram sent to Margaret Thatcher's administration from Britain's ambassador to China on May 20, 1989—...

China's Last Tiananmen Prisoner to Go Free

Miao Deshun set to rejoin Chinese society after 27 years

(Newser) - The final known person still imprisoned over his role in China's 1989 Tiananmen Square protests is due to be released on Saturday, the AP reports. Miao Deshun—who reportedly suffers from schizophrenia and hepatitis B—refused to admit guilt or repent for participating in the pro-democracy protests. Miao, 51,...

Trump Slammed for Calling Tiananmen a 'Riot'

During debate, he echoed Communist Party's line on massacre

(Newser) - Add pro-democracy Chinese groups to the list of people Donald Trump has offended. During Thursday night's GOP debate, the candidate was asked to defend remarks he made to Playboy in 1990, when he discussed China's brutal 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. "They were vicious, they were horrible, but...

Is China Mad at Jon Bon Jovi?

Bon Jovi's first-ever Chinese shows mysteriously canceled

(Newser) - It seems the Dalai Lama has indirectly led to the disappointment of Chinese concertgoers once again. One week before Bon Jovi was to play a three-city tour of China—the band's first-ever shows in the country—two of the shows were mysteriously canceled, the Washington Post reports. This despite...

Guy Gets 14 Months for Splashing Mao

He chucked ink at giant Beijing portrait

(Newser) - The official Chinese Communist Party line on Mao Zedong is that he was "70% right and 30% wrong"—but defacing his portrait is still 100% forbidden. According to state media, a 42-year-old man who splashed ink on the huge portrait of the chairman that hangs in Beijing's...

100K+ Light Up HK to Mark Tiananmen's 25th

Annual vigil for massacre sees huge turnout

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong joined a candlelight vigil in a downtown park last night to commemorate the 25th anniversary of China's bloody military suppression of protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Participants held candles to remember the victims at the vigil, which turned Victoria Park'...

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