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Tiananmen Square: The wound that remains unhealed

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Tiananmen-Square-ChinaLondon: - On the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Chinese Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK calls on the Chinese government to end its censorship of the 1989 protests and massacre, stop the persecution of survivors and instigate measures to bring about justice for those who lost their lives.

In the words of Shao Jiang, one of the Chinese student organisers of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests who now lives in the UK, "The wound of Tiananmen Square 1989 remains unhealed. We must seek the truth, expose the perpetrators of the massacre and bring justice for all those who lost their lives on 4 June 1989."

As part of 'Reclaiming Tiananmen 2014', on Wednesday 4 June, a flower-laying ceremony will be held at 11am outside the Chinese Embassy in London to remember the victims of the massacre. Flowers will be laid by survivors and relatives of Tiananmen Square protestors plus representatives of NGOs involved in human rights and democracy in China, Tibet and East Turkestan.

Tenzin Samphel, chairman of the Tibetan Community in Britain, said, "Twenty-five years on, the Chinese government continues to brutally suppress peaceful protests, with violence, arbitrary arrests and harsh prison sentences. The international community must demand an end to the oppressive autocratic rule of the Chinese Community Party."

Rahime Mahmut, a member of Ughur Community UK said, "All peoples in China, including Han, Tibetans and Uyghurs, live in fear under a dictatorship that ruthlessly suppresses any form of dissent. Freedom of expression is a basic human right that the international community must insist the Chinese government uphold."

'Reclaiming Tiananmen 2014' is a series of events organised by Chinese Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK, in conjunction with Amnesty International UK to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and to remember the victims of the massacre which took place on 4 June 1989.

On 31 May in Trafalgar Square, London, members of Chinese Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK re-enacted the famous scene from Tiananmen Square of an anonymous Chinese man stopping a line of tanks.

The Paris based global media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders also said it condemns the many violations of freedom of information in the run-up to tomorrow's 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

"Chinese journalists have been arrested, social networks and websites have been censored, and virtually all Google services, from Gmail to Picasa, have been rendered inaccessible since 1 June", the media watchdog group said in a statement issued on 3 June.

"Journalists, bloggers and other news providers are being subjected to harassment that is increasing as the Tiananmen anniversary approaches," Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.

"We call on the authorities to assume their responsibility by freeing those who have been detained and by lifting the taboo that stills exists on any reference to the massacre. The Chinese public has the right to know the truth that has been hidden from it for the past 25 years."

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 June 2014 19:42 )  


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