Tiananmen Square: As Peking forbids public remembrance of the massacre, 40,000 Hong Kong marchers defy China
Police quick to step in
Wednesday 05 June 1996
One lone young Chinese woman bravely tried to lay a bunch of flowers in the square, in memory of those who died in the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. But it was not a gesture acceptable to the authorities. Within minutes she was dragged away by police, bundled into a motorcycle sidecar, and driven to an unknown fate.
It was an isolated incident on a day when Peking people silently marked the anniversary of "six, four", as the date is known to the Chinese. The police presence was noticeably higher, but less so than last year when the anniversary fell at the weekend.
The authorities had pulled their usual tricks - such as hosing down the lawns at Peking University to flood one possible gathering place. But the atmosphere in the university district was not as tense as in previous years.
Late last night, driving through Peking, large numbers of the People's Armed Police were quickly in evidence, even allowing for the excuse of a traffic incident.
With almost all China's dissident voices in detention, the overriding impression in the city yesterday was of a government that still believes it must rely on force to control the population.
Presents unwrapped, turkey gobbled... it's time to relax
- 1 Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
- 2 Shia LaBeouf claims he was raped during #IAMSORRY art installation performance
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
Sean Abbott: Messages of support flood in for bowler after death of Phil Hughes
Dr Lam Hoe Yeoh: Voyeur doctor jailed for eight years after using network of hidden cameras to film patients, colleagues and friends on the toilet
Kim Jong-un 'in dire need of allies' within his own government as younger sister appointed to senior role
Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
Michael Buerk wishes he killed Jimmy Savile when he had the chance - by pushing him overboard a cruise ship
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
Plebgate: Andrew Mitchell’s reputation in tatters as judge rules he used the word ‘pleb’
£40k - 45k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...
£30k - 35k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: We’re currently re...
£35k - 45k per year + benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...
£60k - 80k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...