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Dharamshala: - June 4 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-Democracy protests that ended in bloodshed, and His Holiness Dalai Lama, issued a statement to pray for "those who died for freedom, democracy and human rights."

In his Message on June 4, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's said "Today, as our Chinese brothers and sisters commemorate the 25th anniversary of the June 4, 1989 event in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, I offer my prayers for those who died for freedom, democracy and human rights."

"These values are the foundation of a free and dynamic society. They are also the source of true peace and stability. While great progress has been made to integrate China into the world economy, I believe it is equally important to encourage China to enter the mainstream of global democracy," the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate said.

The spiritual leader of Tibet sai that "this will help China to gain the trust and respect of the rest of the world, enabling China to fulfill its potential in playing a leading role in global affairs. "

The series of student-led pro-democracy demonstrations, which took place in the spring of 1989, spotlighted the Chinese Communist Party's shortcomings and exposed deep divides within China's leadership.

Protesters took part in hunger strikes and sit-ins and occupied Tiananmen Square to call for an end to government corruption and more freedom of speech and of the press.

On the night of June 3 and the early hours of June 4, the military was ordered to enforce martial law in the country's capital. The impression of that moment is epitomized in the iconic image of an anonymous protestor, dubbed "Tank Man," standing alone in front of more than a dozen military tanks.

The bloodshed that ensued remains one of the most sensitive subjects in Chinese politics and is something that the Chinese government has gone to great lengths to try and cover up. Some estimate that more than 1,000 pro-democracy protesters were killed.

According to media reports, 'foreign journalists were ushered away from the square as passers-by were frisked and had their documents verified.'

'his comes after the authorities, in recent weeks, detained dozens of activists to ensure that no untoward situation occurs on the 25th anniversary of the bloody crackdown that defined a generation of activists and shocked the world.


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