Tiananmen June Fourth Massacre – 20th anniversary

2 Jun

Coming this June 4th, it will be the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. Tiananmen Mothers,  a group formed to create awareness of the incident, have found 195 names of those who had died though they believed the numbers are significantly higher. In their latest statement, they have urged the Chinese government to conduct an independent investigation; provide monetary compensation to the victims and their families; as well as prosecute those who were responsible.

According to Amnesty International, the Chinese authorities, sensing the sensitivity of the anniversary, had been cracking down on planned activities in the beginning of 2009. The human rights NGO noted at least 100 cases of activists who have been detained or faced violence from authorities, several of them related to surveillance of activists ahead of the anniversary.

Says Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), ‘The government’s ongoing efforts to censor history, crush dissent, and harass survivors stands in stark contrast to the impressive economic and social developments in China in recent decades.’

Watch a HRW short clip on the Tiananmen Massacre here.

Catch Al Jazeera two part news documentary on this massacre entitled, ‘It happened in Tiananmen Square’:

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