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Hong Kong vigil organizer arrested on Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary

Hong Kong vigil organizer arrested on Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary



32 years ago young protesters in china had gathered at the tiananmen square in beijing they were demanding greater freedom and individual rights like those granted to people in the west but the chinese government chose to respond by sending troops in tanks thousands were killed and injured in what came to be known as the tiananmen massacre let's tell you the story of that fateful day take a look a lone man confronting chinese tanks became the defining image of china's tiananmen square protests on june 4th 1989 the tiananmen square and its neighborhood in beijing saw the massacre of two thousand to three thousand people at the hands of chinese government the death of huyabang on 15 april 1989 set the stage for mass demonstrations who a former communist leader had worked hard for democratic reforms in china the protest that lasted for few weeks sought thousands of protesters mostly university students demanding democracy personal freedom and probe into corruption by ministers and top communist officials the protest became china's greatest political upheaval since the end of the cultural revolution more than a decade earlier the initial response of the government was to issue stern warnings to the protesters and it took no action against the mounting crowds the media coverage of the event was increasing as a large number of western journalists had gathered in beijing to report on the incident during the last two weeks of may martial law was declared in beijing and army troops were stationed around the city however any attempt by the troops to reach the tiananmen square was thwarted when the citizens flooded the streets and blocked their way but by the beginning of june the government fearing anarchy decided to crush the protests with a heavy hand on the night of june 3rd and 4th the people's liberation army's tanks and heavily armed troops advanced towards the tiananmen square the soldiers opened fire at the protesters the tanks mowed down the protesters who tried to block their way though the government never released the death toll of the crackdown it is estimated that over 2000 people were killed those who survived were arrested many of them received prison sentences of varying lengths of time a lot of them were executed the chinese government denounced the demonstrations as a counter-revolutionary movement and the flurry of arrests and executions frightened many demonstrators into silence but the world that saw the horror of the chinese government's act did not keep quiet china faced global condemnation for the murder of innocent people but the events of that day were quickly forgotten there is nothing in the vast square to remind anybody of what happened here not a monument a statue or even a tiny plaque the chinese government never expressed regret over the killings and rejected all calls for an investigation the protests first labeled as counter-revolutionary right are now merely referred as political turmoil if there are any references to it in the years since the incident the government has suppressed any references to the event public commemoration of the event is officially banned it appears as though the events of june 4 1989 have been erased from the chinese history bureau report beyond world is one.

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