Tight security in Beijing on Tiananmen anniversary


Security was tight in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Tuesday, the 25th anniversary of the violent crushing of the pro-democracy protests by China’s Communist Party.

Police vans were seen parked seen around the square, as well as at intersections several blocks away on the avenue of Eternal Peace.

Protests or memorials were not permitted at an early-morning flag-raising ceremony on Tuesday.

The Communist Party has enforced a particularly tough crackdown on comment and activist activity in advance of this year’s anniversary.

Dozens have been taken into detention, forced out of Beijing or confined to their homes in other parts of the country.

In an apparent sign of government nervousness, connections to the global Internet appeared to have been disrupted leading up to the anniversary, with Google’s mail and other services mostly inaccessible.

The government has never issued a complete and formal account of the crackdown and the number of casualties.

Beijing’s official verdict is that the student-led protests aimed to topple the ruling Communist Party and plunge China into chaos.

Protest leaders said they were merely seeking greater democracy and freedom, along with an end to corruption and favouritism within the party.

China does not allows any public discussion of the events of June 3-4, 1989, when soldiers accompanied by tanks and armoured personnel carriers fought their way into the heart of the city, killing hundreds of unarmed protesters and onlookers.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share This

Leave a Reply

Connect with Facebook