Demonstration: 20th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre

Thursday 4 June 2009, 10 am

Location: Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, W1B 1JL

(nearest tube: Regents Park and Great Portland Street)

4 June 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the brutal crackdown on students and other peaceful pro-democracy protestors in Tiananmen Square in 1989, which resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries. Members of English PEN and their friends are invited to join Amnesty International and others for a peaceful demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy in London this evening, commemorating all those who lost their lives in the tragic incident and calling for greater freedom of expression in China.
Almost 20 years after what the Chinese authorities now refer to as a ‘political incident’, the authorities have yet to carry out an independent inquiry into what happened, and have failed to respond to long-standing calls for justice by the victims and their families or to provide them with compensation.

Furthermore, the Chinese government’s official ban on reporting the tragic events of 4 June 1989 continues to stifle public debate over the issue. English PEN strongly urges the Chinese authorities to ensure greater respect for freedom of expression by lifting this ban. Dozens of people are believed to remain in prison in China in connection with their involvement in the 1989 pro-democracy movement, and there are also a number of people who have been imprisoned more recently as a result of having called for greater public debate on the events of 4 June 1989 or for criticizing official policy on the issue. 

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