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August 9, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ma Lik, 55, the head of Hong Kong's leading pro-Beijing political party who questioned whether China's Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989 should be called a massacre, died Wednesday, party official Lam Yau-fa said in Hong Kong. Ma underwent surgery for colon cancer in 2004, and the party later said it had spread to his respiratory system.
As Washington and Beijing move toward an exchange of visits in the next two years between President Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin, Americans will hear lots of talk about the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing. That event was seared into the American consciousness as the "Tiananmen Square massacre." In a night of terror, the Chinese army shot its way into Beijing against the unarmed resistance of the city's citizens, ending seven weeks of protests.
October 30, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bao Zunxin, an activist who was jailed for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement, has died, a fellow dissident said Monday. He was 70. Once considered one of China's leading intellectuals, Bao died Sunday in Beijing from a brain hemorrhage, said Liu Xiaobo, a former professor at Beijing Normal University who also spent 20 months in jail for joining the 1989 protests.
June 7, 2008 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
The crowd of about 150 people dutifully arrived just before sundown outside the Chinese Consulate in Koreatown to commemorate those who were gunned down during the June 4 Tiananmen Square crackdown 19 years ago. Back then, many were idealistic students. On Wednesday, some brought along children and busily snapped photos. They held candles in paper cups, shared a moment of silence and listened as to a handful of speakers called for democracy in China.
As public spaces go, it's not a pretty sight: a vast plain of concrete bounded by a mishmash of architecture, including a mammoth Stalinist government building and a three-story Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet. But as symbols go, Tiananmen Square is one of the most recognizable on Earth, 100 acres spread out under the heavy-lidded gaze of Mao Tse-tung and featured in countless cutaway shots by filmmakers needing a quick and easy emblem of China.
October 30, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - More than 48 hours after a car mowed down pedestrians and burst into flames at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government broke its near-silence on the incident and characterized it as a "terrorist attack. " State media on Wednesday identified the car's occupants as members of one family: the driver, Usmen Hasan; his mother, Kuwanhan Reyim; and his wife, Gulkiz Gini. All three were killed, along with two tourists. Chinese authorities also said five people were arrested as accessories in Beijing on Monday night.
February 28, 2014 | By David Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Yiyun Li begins her second novel, "Kinder Than Solitude," in a place of endings: a crematorium. The time is the present, more or less, and a Beijing resident named Boyang waits for the ashes of his childhood friend Shaoai, dead at 43 after having been poisoned (accidentally or otherwise) 21 years before. "Who wanted her to die?" Boyang's mother asks when he visits after dropping off the woman's cremains with her family. "Who wanted to kill her back then?" These questions resonate throughout this novel, which moves fluidly between past and present, among Beijing, Massachusetts and the Bay Area, in tracing the intersecting lives of four people - Boyang, Shaoai and two other women, Ruyu and Moran - as they wrestle with both their complicity and their heritage.
October 11, 2010 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
In the first whisper of a comment since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 48 hours earlier, imprisoned Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo sent word through his wife Sunday that he would dedicate the award to activists killed during 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations at Tiananmen Square, according to a human rights organization. The writer's wife, who has been held under house arrest, was escorted by police to Jinzhou Prison in northern China's Liaoning province where she was able to speak with her husband.
June 4, 2009 | Wang Dan, Wang Dan, a student leader of the Tiananmen protests in 1989, received his doctorate in history from Harvard University in 2008.
In May 1989, I was a 20-year-old history student at Beijing University. By June 13 of that year, my name was at the top of the list of the 21 "most wanted" student leaders of the Tiananmen democracy movement. I was arrested and spent nearly four years in jail, was rearrested in 1995, and then exiled to the United States in 1998.
June 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
Eight dissidents from northeastern China have appealed to the government to compensate those imprisoned and the families of those killed in the Tiananmen Square crackdown 11 years ago, a human rights group said Saturday. In an open letter to President Jiang Zemin and Premier Zhu Rongji, the dissidents said the government was "absolutely wrong" to crush the pro-democracy protests centered on Tiananmen Square, said the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy.
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