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THE MOST senior Chinese politician who could testify against those who ordered the 4 June crackdown has not been seen in public for 10 years.

Tiananmen anniversary: Chinese leaders are sued over the massacre

TEN YEARS after the crushing of the Tiananmen Square student rebellion, an underground network of families who lost relatives in the massacre is launching an unprecedented legal action against China's leaders at the time, including the former Prime Minster, Li Peng, as well as Chen Xitong, Mayor of Peking at the time.

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Hong Kong protesters call for democracy

LEE CHEUK-YAN, one of Hong Kong's most popular legislators, says he experienced the reality of the handover of power to China eight years before the rest of Hong Kong - when he was frog-marched off an airliner at Peking the day after the Tiananmen Square massacre, writes Steven Vines.

'The mothers of Tiananmen' challenge China for the truth

ON FRIDAY 62-year-old Zhang Xianling and her husband will head for the Wanan cemetery on the western outskirts of Peking. In front of the casket holding the ashes of their son, Wang Nan, they will place a single red rose, just as they have on this day every year for the past decade.

China edgy over Tiananmen demo

HONG KONG'S authorities claim that Xu Bangtai and Zhang Lun represent a threat to the stability of the territory. Never heard of them? Neither have many people here in Hong Kong, but they are part of a group of exiled Chinese dissidents who have been barred from entering the territory to join events marking the 10th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre on 4 June.

Vigil planned for Tiananmen candlelight Chinese urged to light candles for Tiananmen

A GROUP of mainland dissidents has called on ordinary Chinese people to mark this year's tenth anniversary of the 4 June Tiananmen Square massacre by lighting candles, wearing mourning clothes and giving up an evening's entertainment. An open letter signed by 16 activists also urged people not to answer their phones and to set their pagers to respond to any call with the message: "Silence for mourning."

China clamps down on anniversary protests

DISSIDENTS WERE under tight surveillance yesterday as police cordoned off the grave of Hu Yaobang, the reformist leader whose death exactly 10 years ago sparked China's 1989 pro-democracy movement. At least two dissidents have been prevented from travelling to Mr Hu's grave in the south-east province of Jiangxi.

Leading dissident risks arrest on return to China

FOR WANG XIZHE, today will be a sort of homecoming, but not the kind of return an exiled son would really wish for.

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Peking turns off neon for Mao's golden day

IN A THROWBACK to the days when Maoist China banned advertising as a symbol of bourgeois capitalism, Peking appears to be reviving the tradition of socialist purity. The central government has ordered the removal of all neon advertisements, advertising billboards and company logos from the heart of the city as part of a spiritual "clean-up" for this year's 50th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, on 1 October.
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