Exploring the Contested History of the Tiananmen Square Massacre
On June 4, 1989, millions of peaceful demonstrators from the Chinese Democracy Movement gathered in Tiananmen Square, where hundreds if not thousands were brutally killed by soldiers. In every subsequent year, students, scholars, journalists, and politicians have joined with other human rights advocates to commemorate their sacrifice—except in China, where the official position of the Chinese Communist Party is that the events never happened. This deceit is supported by Orwellian attempts to scrub any mention of what happened in Tiananmen Square in 1989 from Chinese textbooks to those parts of the internet Chinese citizens are permitted to access. This censorship has left the Tiananmen Massacre untouched and unresolved for the past 27 years, and fading from the memory of the youngest generations.
In exploring this contested history, we hope to find resolution and bring China one step closer to becoming a free society. We will also make plans to work together on submitting June 4th 1989 Tiananmen Movement’s relevant materials and documents to the UNESCO Registry of World Memory.
The event will be followed by a candlelight vigil at the Victims of Communism Memorial.
Bookings are closed for this event.