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Tian’anmen massacre: What happened? How China’s newspapers are ignoring the popular uprising 35 years ago

Tian’anmen massacre: What happened? How China’s newspapers are ignoring the popular uprising 35 years ago

On June 4, 1989, Chinese soldiers killed hundreds of demonstrators in Beijing’s Tian’anmen Square. The event has been kept quiet in the People’s Republic of China to this day. This is also reflected on the front pages of Chinese newspapers.

In China, today’s anniversary is a bloody taboo subject that is ignored by the media: After weeks of peaceful protests for more democracy in Beijing, the government deployed the People’s Liberation Army on the night of June 3-4, 1989. Hundreds of people were killed around Tian’anmen Square. The actual number is still unknown today.

On the 35th anniversary of the violent suppression of the protests, China has forbidden other states from interfering. There will be no official commemoration of the victims in Tiananmen Square or in the rest of the country. Instead, police presence has been increased in Tiananmen Square. The German embassy in Beijing defied this and displayed a symbol of remembrance of June 4th: several candles flickered in individual windows during the night. And the victims are also remembered in Taiwan, which is Beijing’s enemy.

Source: Stern

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