Tiananmen Square Massacre

LRF Hosted Photo Exhibition Commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. In the early morning of June 4, 1989, the People’s Liberation Army, equipped with tanks and assault rifles, massacred an unknown number of unarmed civilians. The violent crackdown ended month-long demonstrations initiated by university students in Beijing calling on the Party to combat corruption and carry out political reforms. Casualty estimates range from a few hundred to thousands dead.

At Least Four Released From Detention Following Tiananmen Anniversary Crackdown

Authorities released artist Guo Jian and dissident writers Liu Di, Hu Shigen, and Xu Youyu following the passage of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Police detained Guo, a former soldier and later protester during the 1989 movement, in response to a work of art he created and displayed in his private studio depicting Tiananmen Square covered in raw minced pork.

25 Years Later The Bloody Legacy of the Tiananmen Square Massacre Continues to Inform China’s Policy of Political Repression

On Tuesday the Wall Street Journal published the story of Zhang Kun, an idealistic 26-year-old whose chance discovery of some Tiananmen Square Massacre footage led him to question his assumptions about his government and eventually brought him into the Chinese reform movement. Mr. Zhang became involved with the New Citizens Movement, an initiative aimed at facilitating China’s transition to a civil society. The organization was launched in 2010 by Xu Zhiyong, a civil liberties lawyer, and supported by venture capitalist Wang Gonguan. Shortly after the movement’s leaders were detained Mr.

Child of Tiananmen Campaigns for Father's Release

Ti-anna Wang continues to campaign for the release of her father Wang Bingzhang, a Chinese activist who has been imprisoned for the past twelve years for traveling to China in 1989 and 1998 to help establish democratic political parties. Wang, who has lived in Canada since the early 1980s, was abducted in 2002 while on a trip to Vietnam and subsequently brought to China to face charges of espionage and terrorism. After a one-day trial, a Chinese court sentenced Wang to life in prison.

"Brother Six" and the Escape From China Following the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, Chan Tat-ching, more commonly known as "Brother Six," spoke out about his role in smuggling 133 students and intellectuals into Hong Kong and away from Chinese authorities who targeted them for their participation in the 1989 protests.

Authorities Continue to Detain Associates of Pu Zhiqiang as Crackdown Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary Intensifies

As the crackdown against dissent ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre intensifies, authorities continue to detain individuals associated with Pu Zhiqiang, a lawyer who was arrested earlier this month after attending a small, private gathering of individuals commemorating the massacre.

Artist Arrested After Performing At Private Venue

Chinese public security arrested an artist on Wednesday evening for engaging in an act of performance art in a private venue. Chen Guang, a former soldier turned artist, invited a dozen people to his studio on April 29 to watch him silently slither white pain on walls numbered with the years 1989 through 2014, a reference to the time that has passed since the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989.