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Reclaiming Tiananmen: 28 May - 5 June 2014 PDF Print E-mail
"Reclaiming Tiananmen" is a series of events 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. Hosted and organised by Tibet Society, Amnesty International UK and Chinese Uyghur Tibetan Solidarity UK (of which Tibet Society is a founding member).

Events I Background I Tibet Society's participation

Tiananmen Square tanks 1989Exhibition: "64+25=89"
Wed 28 May - Thurs 5 June
9am - 9pm daily, 9am - 5pm Saturday, closed Sunday. Free admission

Human Rights Action Centre
(Amnesty International UK)
17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA I 
nearest station: Shoreditch High Street

Photographs from the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing in 1989. (The title "64+25=89" is made up 64 for June 4th, 25 for the anniversary and 89 for the year of the protests.)

Tiananmen Square protest 1989Panel Discussion: "Reclaiming Tiananmen"
Tuesday 3 June, 7pm - 9pm. Free
Reserve tickets via eventbrite

Human Rights Action Centre (Amnesty International UK)
17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
nearest station: Shoreditch High Street

A discussion on the impact and legacy of the Tiananmen protests
and the extent to which the landscape for pro-democracy dissent has changed in China over the past 25 years. Speakers include: Wu Renhua and Shao Jiang, 1989 student protest organisers; Wang Ti-Anna, an activist born in 1989; Dr Jonathan Mirsky, a journalist who covered the 1989 protests; and representatives of the Tibetan and Uyghur communities.
Click here to read speaker biographies.

Tiananmen Square massacreCandlelit Vigil
Wednesday 4 June, 7pm - 10pm. All welcome
outside the Chinese Embassy
49-59 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL I map
nearest tubes: Great Portland Street, Regents Park
or Oxford Circus

A candlelit vigil to remember all those who died, were injured or imprisoned when Chinese armed forces stormed Tiananmen Square on 4 June 1989.

"Reclaiming Tiananmen" is hosted and organised by Amnesty International UK, Friends of Tiananmen Mothers UK, Tibet Society and Chinese Uyghur Tibetan Solidarity UK.

Background to "Reclaiming Tiananmen"
On 4 June 1989, the Chinese Communist government sent in armed troops and tanks to suppress unarmed students and civilians who had peacefully gathered in Tiananmen Square to demand democracy and an end to the oppressive autocratic regime. Over a thousand innocent people were killed and thousands more imprisoned.

Today, the Communist regime continues to cover-up the events of 25 years ago by re-writing history, censoring the truth, preventing civilians from seeking human rights and justice, and making victims families and Chinese people live in fear. The historical wound of Tiananmen Square remains unhealed.

"Reclaiming Tiananmen" is a series of events in London marking the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests and remembering the victims of the massacre. It aims to ensure the message of the protests is not forgotten, expose the truth of the massacre, seek justice and ultimately bring freedom, human rights and democracy to China.

Why is Tibet Society involved in "Reclaiming Tiananmen"?
► In Tibet, demonstrations broke out in 1987, two years prior to the Tiananmen Square protests. Tibetans took to the streets calling for an end to China's brutal rule and for their human rights to be respected. These protests continued until 1989 when de facto martial law was declared by the Chinese authorities governing Tibet. The Tibet protests are considered a forerunner to the student protests that began in Beijing in the spring of 1989.

The Tiananmen Square protests were about freedom, human rights and democracy for all citizens of the People's Republic of China, including ethnic minorities.

Tibet Society believes that freedom for the Tibetan people can be achieved if China instigates democratic reforms. Many of China's leading intellectuals and democracy activists support autonomy for Tibet, and, in some cases, outright independence. For example, imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, is a long-term advocate of the Dalai Lama's position on genuine autonomy.

Tibet Society collaborates with other NGOs and activists that work on human and civil rights issues in China. For example, Tibet Society is a founding member of Chinese Uyghur Tibetan Solidarity UK, a coalition of organisations and individuals that opposes the tyrannical rule of Chinese Communist Party and works to promote human rights, freedom and democracy in China and self-determination for the people of Tibet and East Turkistan.

Panel discussion - speaker biographies

Wu Renhua
Born in Zhejiang province and educated at Beijing University with BA and MA in Chinese Classics, Wu Renhua was teaching at China University of Political Science and Law in 1989.

He organised the first student protest on 17 April and was in charge of the hunger strike in front of Xinhuamen in mid-May. He was among the last group of protesters who left Tiananmen Square in the early morning of 4 June after witnessing the bloodiest moment in Chinas recent history.

Wu Renhua has lived in exile in the USA since July 1990, working as the chief editor of the dissident journal Press Freedom Herald and author or publications including Tiananmen Massacre in 24 Hours, 1989 Martial Law Troops and Chronicle of the Tiananmen Movement.

Shao Jiang
Shao was actively involved in student movements from 1985 to 1989 when he was a student at Beijing University. In 1988, he participated in the Grass Salon and was a founding member of the Student Action Committee, one of the earliest independent student organisations in China. On 17 April 1989, he drafted the Seven Demands when marching towards Tiananmen Square with his fellow students. Later the Seven Demands became one of the main manifestoes of the 1989 pro-democracy movement.

On 3 June, he witnessed the killings in West Chang'an Avenue before running back to Tiananmen Square to warn fellow protesters of what was coming and pleaded with the 'Four Gentlemen' including Liu Xiaobo to retreat by negotiating with the army leaders. He was among the last group of protesters who left Tiananmen Square early in the morning on 4 June.

Shao Jiang was jailed for 18 months from 1989 to 1991. He fled China in 1997, and resettled in the UK in 2003. Since completing his PhD dissertation on post-1949 Chinese underground publications in 2011, he has been researching rights based activism.

Wang Ti-Anna
Born in 1989, Wang Ti-Anna was named to commemorate the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

When she was 13, her father, democracy activist Wang Bingzhang, was arrested and sentenced to life in prison for political activism. Since then, Wang Ti-Anna has spent much of her time and energy campaigning for her father's freedom. This journey has taken her around the world discovering the ideals her name embodies. Ti-Annas efforts have been fictionalised in the novel Nine Days by Fred Hiatt.

Ti-Anna graduated from McGill University in East Asian Studies and recently spent a year studying Mandarin in Taipei. She continues to advocate for her father's release and will be returning to McGill University to start law school later this year.

Dr Jonathan Mirsky
In 1989, Dr Mirsky was named British newspapers' International Reporter of the Year for his coverage of the Tiananmen uprising. He is former East Asia editor for The Times and has writtern for The Observer, The Economist, The Independent, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The International Herald Tribune, Literary Review and The Spectator.

Educated at Columbia University, Cambridge University and the University of Pennsylvania, he has taught Chinese and Vietnamese history and Chinese at Cambridge University, the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College.

He has interviewed the Dalai Lama, Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping and Lee Teng-hui, and during long residence and travel in Asia visited Tibet six times. In 1999, he was a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard. In 2002, he was the I.F. Stone Fellow in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He is now a freelance journalist.

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