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(Photos) 150,000 Chinese gathered in Hong Kong Marking the 21st anniversary of Beijing Tiananmen Square massacre

Posted by Author on June 4, 2010

On June 4, 2010, more than 150,000 people gathered in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park marking the 21st anniversary of Beijing Tiananmen Square massacre.

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre (1)

Hong Kong vigil 2010 for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre (2)

Hong Kong vigil 2010 for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre (3)

On the way to Victoria Park vigil for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

(Photos credit to The Epochtimes)

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China Official Shuts School to Honour the Anniversary of His Mother’s Death

Posted by Author on October 25, 2007

Reuters, Thu Oct 25, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – A village official in northern China cancelled classes at a local school for several days to honour the anniversary of his mother’s death with on-campus performances of traditional opera.

Last week, the local primary school in Baodian, a village in Shanxi province, became a de facto theatre, with local residents watching traditional opera performed on a “towering” stage set up on campus grounds, according to a local newspaper report that was carried in Thursday’s Beijing News.

“Some of the school’s classrooms were locked, while others had been converted into living quarters for a troupe of actors,” the report said.

“Because of the opera, students could not go to classes, so the school arranged a holiday,” the paper added, citing students.

The official was tight-lipped when tracked down, the report said, telling the paper: “This is my private family business. You have no right to interfere.”

Once denounced as “feudal” in Mao-era China, Confucian notions of filial piety and honouring dead family members have made a comeback in recent decades, and are particularly strong in remote rural areas.

In April, local authorities in Changyuan county in central China announced they would vet officials’ filial piety and family values when deciding on promotions.

Original report from Reuters

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Commentary: Monument to Murder

Posted by Author on June 14, 2007

by Cal Thomas  (More by this author), Human Events, 06/11/2007-

Should anyone remain at the real end of history to chronicle a list of humanity’s worst systems for the benefit of any left to read it, the legacy of communism is sure to be at, or near, the top.

That’s why it is especially appropriate that in Washington, D.C., this week a Victims of Communism Memorial will be dedicated.

With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the quick collapse of the Soviet Union, many embraced the idea that the world had become free, or was headed in freedom’s direction. That one-quarter of the world population remained under communist dictatorship in China seemed of less concern than the dissolution of Soviet Russia. The Tiananmen Square Massacre in June of 1989 reminded the West that communism was as deadly to those who opposed it in China as it had been in the Soviet Union. But the West’s attention span is short and soon American companies were happy to do business with China because our commitment to the bottom line is stronger than it is to the moral line.

Lee Edwards, the chairman of The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOCMF), has attracted bipartisan support for the memorial, including Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), who are offering remarks at the dedication. It comes on the 20th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s Berlin speech during which he famously said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

The brutality of communism was quickly swept under history’s rug, in large part because so many on the left had embraced it as the solution to humankind’s problems. The memorial stands as a rebuke to such twisted thinking.

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression” by Stephane Courtois, Nicolas Werth, Jean-Louis Panne, Andrzej Paczkowski, Karel Bartosek and Jean-Louis Margolin lists by country the number of people murdered under communist regimes: 65 million (and counting) in China; 20 million in the Soviet Union, 2 million (and counting) in North Korea, 2 million in Cambodia, 1.7 million in Africa, 1.5 million in Afghanistan, 1 million in Vietnam, 1 million in communist Eastern Europe and 150,000 in Latin America.

In short, communism, an evil ideology unlike any the world has seen, is responsible for the slaughter of more than 94 million human beings. It tops all plagues, natural disasters, crime, and other political ideologies, probably combined.

The VOCMF provided some quotes that remind us of the individual human cost of communism. Anhthu Lu is a Vietnamese-American, who escaped his communist nation as one of the “boat people.” He says, “There is no hope for a better tomorrow under communism. One can only hope to survive the daily rounds of communist shelling, or explosion into the villages, the schools, the markets. That is how I remember my childhood, one filled with fears, with destruction and deaths. That is what communism is all about: terror, destruction, retribution.”

When he visited Stalin’s “paradise,” the French leftist writer Andre Gide said: “I doubt that in any country of the world, even Hitler’s Germany, is thought less free, more bowed down, more terrorized.”

Chinese philosopher Lin Yutang spoke of the “little terrors” of China: making 12-year-old children subject to capital punishment, sending women to work in underground coal mines, harassing workers during their lunchtime with threats of prison — or worse — if they are late returning to work.

While many Westerners recall Nazi-run death camps like Auschwitz and Buchenwald, few remember Soviet death camps named Kolyma and Magadan. True, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn mentioned them in “The Gulag Archipelago” as did Varlam Sjalamov in “Tales from Kolyma,” but as the late Swedish journalist Andres Kung wrote, “There are people who have still not heard of these communist extermination camps — even though the communists preceded the Nazis in creating such camps and killed an even larger number of people in their camps.

While the memorial is a welcome reminder of man’s capacity to do evil, one wishes that a similar structure were erected to remind the world of leftist academics, clergy and journalists who enabled communism to survive by writing and speaking lies about its true nature. They were more than enablers. They were co-conspirators and accessories to murder. They, too, deserve to share in communism’s ignominy.

Mr. Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated op-ed columnist. He is a commentator/analyst for the Fox News Channel and appears weekly as a panelist on “Fox News Watch,” and an author of 10 books, including “Blinded by Might: Why the Religious Right Can’t Save America” (HarperCollins/Zondervan). His latest is, “The Wit and Wisdom of Cal Thomas.” Contact him at

original from  Human Events

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55,000 Hong Kong Residents Commemorate Tiananmen Crackdown

Posted by Author on June 4, 2007

By KEITH BRADSHER, New York Times, June 4, 2007-

HONG KONG, June 4 — A candlelight vigil here this evening to mark the 18th anniversary of the military crackdown on the Tiananmen Square demonstrations drew an unusually large crowd, apparently in response to the recent assertion by the leader of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing party that no massacre took place in 1989.

By contrast, Tiananmen Square itself, in Beijing, remained quiet under tight security through a humid, sunny day, with the usual tour groups and pedestrians milling about. State security agents had already placed several well-known dissidents under house arrest or close watch, though some of those detained described the harassment as more passive than in years past.

Some dissidents communicated through websites established to commemorate the anniversary.

Hu Jia, a leading Chinese advocate on issues like AIDS, said he and others have been confined to their homes, but that the authorities had shown a few small signs of leniency. He said Ding Zilin, a leader of a group known as the Tiananmen Mothers, was allowed to commemorate the death of her son by visiting one of the famous sites where soldiers fired upon pro-democracy demonstrators.

In Hong Kong, the Tiananmen Square killings are once more a subject of active discussion following remarks three weeks ago by Ma Lik, the chairman of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. Mr. Ma told local reporters on May 15 that Hong Kong people lacked patriotic devotion to China because they believed that the Communist Party had massacred people at Tiananmen Square.

Mr. Ma contended that Hong Kong residents were too willing to believe versions of events in 1989 that were released by “gweilos,” a slightly derogatory local term for Westerners. He went on to suggest that the city would not be ready to be granted full democracy by Beijing until 2022 as a result.

China experts have debated for years whether hundreds of people or thousands of people were killed in the military crackdown on Tiananmen Square demonstrators, but they agree that soldiers shot large numbers of people. Mr. Ma did not say whether he believed that any deaths had occurred, but suggested that whatever happened did not constitute a massacre.

Mr. Ma described his remarks a day later as “rash and frivolous,” but maintained his position that no massacre had taken place. Mr. Ma did not answer calls to his cell phone last month or today.

Public debate over Mr. Ma’s remarks appeared to increase the turnout at this evening’s vigil. Organizers estimated the crowd at 55,000 people, while and police put it at 27,000, the most to attend the annual vigil since 2004, when organizers claimed a crowd of 82,000 while police said 48,000.

Organizers estimated last year’s crowd at 44,000, while police put it at 19,000.

The turnout in 2004 was extremely large because Hong Kong was nearing the end of a year-long flourishing of pro-democracy sentiment. touched off by the local government’s unsuccessful attempt to introduce a stringent internal security law.

Yip Wingki, a 32-year-old salesman, said that he had not attended any previous vigils, but came this evening with his 7-year-old son because he was offended by Mr. Ma’s remarks.

“He warped the truth totally,” he said as his son sleepily held a lit candle in the sweltering heat.

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the Roman Catholic bishop of Hong Kong and a senior adviser to the Vatican on China policy, denounced the Tiananmen Square killings at a small prayer meeting held in the same large park as the vigil but an hour earlier.

“Our comrades who were shot to death in Tiananmen Square and the surrounding streets were very patriotic, and they came forward to chastise corrupt people in power and to ask for a push toward democracy,” he said. “The violent response took away those young lives and assigned them the criminal label of being rioters. This is a great shame on our country’s history.”

But most of Cardinal Zen’s remarks were more cautious and more focused on the Bible’s teachings than last year, when he accused China’s current leaders of tolerating corruption, huge inequalities of wealth, coal mine disasters, and the sale of fake medicines.

And while Cardinal Zen wore his red and white robes as a cardinal for his speech last year, having just come from the Catholic cathedral here, he chose this evening to wear the simple black shirt and white clerical collar of a priest.

A year ago, the Vatican was upset with Beijing officials over the consecration of two bishops without papal approval. The Vatican and Beijing have engaged in low-profile talks since then, with the goal of someday establishing diplomatic relations, and both sides have toned down their rhetoric.

Organizers concluded the vigil this evening by urging participants to join an annual pro-democracy march on July 1, which this year will mark the tenth anniversary of Britain’s return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule. President Hu Jintao of China is expected here for the anniversary, and Chinese officials will be watching the march closely for any sign of resurgent interest in democracy.

Jim Yardley contributed reporting from Beijing.

original report from New York Times

Video: Tiananmen Square Massacre 18 Years Ago in China

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Posted by Author on October 2, 2006

By Sue Anne Pressley Montes, Washington Post, September 28, 2006-

In China’s Tiananmen Square, the “Goddess of Democracy” created by student activists was demolished by communist tanks during the historic uprising in 1989. Now a 10-foot bronze copy of the statue is being erected in downtown Washington as a permanent tribute to the estimated 100 million people killed by various communist regimes.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Victims of Communism Memorial was held yesterday at the site, a wedge of federal land where G Street NW meets Massachusetts and New Jersey avenues, near Union Station. The event drew about 100 people, including ambassadors and other officials from Poland, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and the Republic of China (Taiwan).

“There is no memorial to all the victims of communism,” said Lee Edwards, a conservative historian and Heritage Foundation fellow who chairs the memorial foundation. “We want to focus attention on the crimes of communism and therefore educate people about why we fought and won the Cold War.”

The memorial, expected to be dedicated in June around the 20th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s famous tear-down-the-Berlin-Wall speech at Brandenburg Gate, was more than a decade in the making. Formed in 1994, the foundation originally had hoped to build a $100 million museum and later scaled back plans to focus on the memorial, Edwards said. About $800,000 has been raised in private and corporate donations, he said. Although no federal funds can be used on the project, several foreign governments have contributed. ( more from Washington Post’s report)

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