Remembering Tiananmen worker activist Li Wangyang

This article was originally published under the headline “Protesters mark death of ‘murdered’ dissident Li Wangyang” on 6-June-2018 by The Economist. Link to original article: HERE

Around 30 people today staged a protest outside the central government’s liaison office calling for an inquiry into the death of mainland dissident Li Wangyang, who was found dead at a hospital six years ago. Continue reading “Remembering Tiananmen worker activist Li Wangyang”

Tiananmen anniversary sparks protest art

This article was originally published under the headline “#TankMen2018, a global work of protest art” on 7-June-2018 by The Economist. Link to original article: HERE

To commemorate the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, people are dressing up as the famous dissident icon.

IN 1989 Fengsuo Zhou was a student at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Like many of his classmates, he went to Tiananmen Square Continue reading “Tiananmen anniversary sparks protest art”

At least 10,000 killed at Tiananmen Square, secret cable claims

By Ben Graham and AFP

This article first appeared in news.com.au on 24 Dec 2017
Link to original article:  HERE

SICKENING details have been revealed in a chilling secret British diplomatic cable that has been unearthed decades later. Continue reading “At least 10,000 killed at Tiananmen Square, secret cable claims”

Higher turnout at Tiananmen massacre commemoration

This article was originally published under the headline “Hong Kong June 4 Vigil Turnout Up From Last Year” on 5-June-2018 by China Digital Times. Link to original article: HERE

Hong Kong’s annual candlelight vigil in commemoration of the lives lost in the crackdown on protesters in Beijing on June 4, 1989 this year attracted 115,000 people–5,000 more than last year–according to organizers. The figure provided by local police, however Continue reading “Higher turnout at Tiananmen massacre commemoration”

China: It’s official – Xi Jinping aims to be “Dictator for life”

Chinaworker.info

Lifting of presidential term limits plunges China and its autocratic regime into unchartered territory

The news from Beijing is historic – nothing less than a political earthquake with repercussions around the world. At its upcoming “parliamentary session” (the National People’s Congress, NPC, which starts next week), China will remove the two-term limit for the presidency and vice presidency. This confirms Continue reading “China: It’s official – Xi Jinping aims to be “Dictator for life””

“10,000 died in 1989 massacre” say once classified documents

Kris Cheng, HKFP

[This article from Hong Kong Free Press appeared under the original title Declassified: Chinese official said at least 10,000 civilians died in 1989 Tiananmen massacre, documents show]

A member of the Chinese State Council estimated that at least 10,000 civilians were killed in the Tiananmen massacre of June 4, 1989, declassified files reveal.

Alan Donald, Britain’s ambassador when the Chinese government sent tanks into Tiananmen square to quell the student-led protests, sent telegrams to the foreign office on June 5, a day after the massacre. He said a person – whose name was redacted from the document – passed along the information from an unnamed member of the State Council.

The documents from the UK National Archives in London were declassified in October and obtained by news site HK01.

Continue reading ““10,000 died in 1989 massacre” say once classified documents”

China’s Rights Crackdown Is Called ‘Most Severe’ Since Tiananmen Square

New York Times
September 5, 2017

GENEVA — China is systematically undermining international human rights groups in a bid to silence critics of its crackdown on such rights at home, a watchdog organization said on Tuesday. The group also faulted the United Nations for failing to prevent the effort, and at times being complicit in it.

“China’s crackdown on human rights activists is the most severe since the Tiananmen Square democracy movement 25 years ago,” Kenneth Roth, the director of the agency, Human Rights Watch, said in Geneva on Tuesday at the introduction of a report that he described as an international “wake-up call.” “What’s less Continue reading “China’s Rights Crackdown Is Called ‘Most Severe’ Since Tiananmen Square”