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Remembering Tiananmen Square – Including the Two ‘Tank Men’

Posted on Jun 4, 2017 in News, Op Ed, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Remembering Tiananmen Square – Including the Two ‘Tank Men’

NATIONAL REVIEW Remembering Tiananmen Square – Including the Two ‘Tank Men’ by JAY NORDLINGER June 3, 2017 5:01 PM Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre – the 28th. I’m not much for anniversaries, so I’m writing today. A young man holding grocery bags stepped in front of a column of tanks. The lead tank tried to maneuver around him, but he kept standing in the way of it. Eventually, he climbed up onto the tank. He appeared to chat with someone in the tank. Then he climbed off. To see a video of this remarkable, historic event, go here. At some point, two people pulled him away. And that’s all we know. Who was – who is – “Tank Man,” as he came to be called? No one knows. Where is he? Murdered? Alive? No one...

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CECC Marks 28th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre with Bipartisan Congressional Letter To Chinese President Xi Jinping

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 in News, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on CECC Marks 28th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre with Bipartisan Congressional Letter To Chinese President Xi Jinping

CECC Marks 28th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre with Bipartisan Congressional Letter To Chinese President Xi Jinping   CECC Commissioners Say Transparency About 1989 Events a “Vital Concern” for Those Seeking More Productive U.S.-China Relations   Press Contact:  Scott Flipse (202) 226-3777 June 1, 2017 (Washington, DC)-A bipartisan group of lawmakers from the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to lift restrictions on public discussion of the Tiananmen protests and their violent suppression and to release individuals detained for commemorating the June 4 anniversary and human rights lawyers detained in the “709” crackdown. In the letter, Commissioners expressed their belief that “greater transparency, adherence to international standards, and the development of the rule of law are the keys to advancing a range of mutual bilateral interests from fighting corruption to building investor confidence, from ensuring cybersecurity to maintaining stability and security in...

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A High-Proof Tribute to Tiananmen’s Victims Finds a Way Back to China

Posted on May 31, 2017 in Hong Kong, Prisoners of Conscience, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on A High-Proof Tribute to Tiananmen’s Victims Finds a Way Back to China

  By Didi Kirsten Tatlow May 30, 2017 BEIJING – It’s a big journey for a little bottle, even one so potent in alcohol and symbolism. The liquor bottle – whose label commemorates the 1989 crackdown on democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in Beijing – made a monthslong trip around the world and arrived in Hong Kong days before the 28th anniversary of the killings on Sunday and one year after it was produced in Chengdu, in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan. It was carried by hand, reportedly by a sympathetic Chinese official, from Chengdu to the Middle East and then by someone else to Paris, where it was mailed to Washington, arriving about four weeks ago, said Yang Jianli, a Chinese-born rights activist based in Washington who aided its passage around the world. Finally, coming nearly full...

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Archbishop Tutu Supports the Campaign to Seek the Truth about the Two Tiananmen Tank Men

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Archbishop Tutu Supports the Campaign to Seek the Truth about the Two Tiananmen Tank Men

On June 5, Citizen Power’s founder Dr. Yang Jianli received a notice from Roger Friedman, assistant of Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China (IFC/CPFC) was informed that the archbishop had signed the appeal initiated by IFC/CPFC to seek the truth about the two Tiananmen tank men. Although the archbishop no longer participates in public events and no longer issues public statements, on the 27th anniversary of the June 4th massacre, he expressed his support for this campaign. Archbishop Tutu welcomed Dr. Yang Jianli during their meeting after Dr.Yang was released from Chinese prison.   IFC/CPFC’s team is greatly encouraged by Archbishop Tutu’s support. Yang Jianli said that with the support of such a charismatic human rights leader, who vigorously supports democracy and freedom for the Chinese people, this campaign and that applying...

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Tibetans rally up for Chinese, Commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 in Highlights, News, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Tibet, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Tibetans rally up for Chinese, Commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre

  On June 4th, 2016, Students for a Free Tibet held a rally in Dharamsala, India, to commemorating the 27th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square. They organized this event to show the solidarty with the victims of the massacre and raise awareness about the ongoing crackdown on the democracy activists in China....

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Commemorating the 27th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre Conference and Candle Vigil

Posted on May 26, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Commemorating the 27th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre Conference and Candle Vigil

On behalf of Initiatives for China and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, we wish to invite you to attend this year’s commemoration of the 27th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre of June 4, 1989. Exploring the Contested History of the Tiananmen Square Massacre Live and via WebEx Open to the public (registration required) Friday, June 3rd, 2016 Session 1: 10:30AM-12:00PM Session 2: 1:00PM-3:00PM Candle Vigil: 7:30PM Conference Location: Pew Charitable Trusts Research Facility 901 E Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20004 Candle Vigil Location: Victims of Communism Memorial (Intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and New Jersey Avenue, NW) On June 4, 1989, millions of peaceful demonstrators from the Chinese Democracy Movement gathered in Tiananmen Square, where thousands were brutally cracked down. In every subsequent year, students, scholars, journalists, and politicians have joined with other human rights advocates to commemorate their sacrifice-except in...

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‘The Chinese Government Almost Blew It’

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 in Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on ‘The Chinese Government Almost Blew It’

‘The Chinese Government Almost Blew It’ In Thursday night’s debate, Donald Trump put in a word for Saddam Hussein and Moammar Qaddafi, in a way. He said that, if those two were still in power, “instead of having terrorism all over the place, we’d be — at least they killed terrorists, all right?” The fact is, they were terrorists. And funders and shelterers of other terrorists. (Abu Nidal, for one, in Saddam Hussein’s case.) An interview that Trump gave to Playboy in 1990 has just come to my attention. If I’m the last to know about it, forgive me. Trump was asked about Gorbachev — who was nearing the end of his time in power. Trump said, “Russia is out of control and the leadership knows it. That’s my problem with Gorbachev. Not a firm enough hand.” His interviewer...

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