Tiananmen Square

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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... More »

'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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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—... More »

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,... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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'... More »

Beijing Tense on Massacre's 25th Anniversary

LinkedIn accidentally censors Tiananmen content

(Newser) - A quarter-century after pro-democracy protesters were massacred in the heart of Beijing, Chinese authorities are doing their best to make sure nobody marks the anniversary. Security in the city is very tight, scores of police and paramilitary troops are patrolling Tiananmen Square, and foreign reporters have been ordered not to... More »

As Tiananmen Turns 25, China Yanks Google

Search engine, Gmail services have been down since last week

(Newser) - One of China's most famous crackdowns—that at Tiananmen Square—turns 25 this week, and China is apparently marking the occasion with another crackdown, this time on Google, reports Reuters . Censorship watchdog GreatFire.org says that services including Gmail and the search engine have been disrupted since last week.... More »

With Eye on June 4, China Rounds Up Activists

At least 20 detained ahead of Tiananmen anniversary, Amnesty says

(Newser) - Chinese authorities have detained at least 20 activists amid increasingly intense efforts to suppress commemorations of next week's 25th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests. The latest detainee, a founder of the Southern Street Movement, which calls for an end to one-party rule, was... More »

Blasts Kills 1 at China Communist Party HQ

8 hurt in northern China explosions

(Newser) - One person was killed and eight injured in a series of small explosions today outside the provincial headquarters of the ruling Communist Party in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan. Witnesses saw smoke and flames pouring from a minivan and steel ball bearings scattered around the scene of the blast.... More »

5 Arrested in Tiananmen 'Terrorist' Attack

Names suggest all are Uighurs

(Newser) - Five people have been arrested in connection with what Chinese authorities are calling a "terrorist attack" in Tiananmen Square on Monday. The cops say the car that plowed into crowds and burst into flames, killing five, contained gasoline, knives, and a jihadist flag, reports Reuters . The man identified by... More »

Was Tiananmen Crash a Suicide Attack?

Death toll hits 5; police eye Xinjiang region

(Newser) - The death toll following yesterday's SUV crash in Tiananmen Square has climbed to five, with two tourists—a Chinese man and a Filipina woman—dead along with the vehicle's occupants. "It looks like a premeditated suicide attack," says a Reuters source. If so, it would be... More »

SUV Plows Through Tiananmen Crowd

3 killed, 11 hurt in bizarre Beijing crash

(Newser) - Three people were killed and at least 11 injured this morning in a bizarre car crash in the most politically sensitive patch of China. Police say an SUV plowed through a crowd in Beijing's Tiananmen Square and caught fire, crashing almost directly in front of the huge portrait of... More »

Chinese Siri Draws Blank on Tiananmen

Even if it's not censoring searches, it's not very good

(Newser) - Siri is learning Chinese, but it looks like there are some things she's specifically not learning. Ask Chinese Siri about the Tiananmen Square incident, and she'll respond with answers like "I couldn't find any appointments related to 'Do you know about Tiananmen,'" or... More »

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