Remembering Tiananmen Square 22 Years Later
China continues its brutal crackdown on democracy protesters today:
Chinese security forces rounded up more government critics ahead of Saturday’s anniversary of the crushing of the 1989 pro-democracy movement centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, adding to an already harsh crackdown on dissent, activists said.
The Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, lashed out at the U.S. government over calls for a full accounting of the military assault on civilians 22 years ago, saying the issue was closed.
“A clear conclusion has already been made concerning the political turmoil that happened in the late 1980s,” spokesman Hong Lei was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.
Stricter measures against dissidents are routine on the June 4 anniversary, but this year coincide with the most sweeping suppression campaign in many years. Hundreds of activists, lawyers and bloggers have been questioned, detained or simply have disappeared in the four-month campaign that aims to quash even the possibility of a pro-democracy movement forming along the lines of those sweeping the Arab world.