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Remembering Tiananmen Square 2008

June 1, 2008

OpEdNews (PA, USA)
May 30, 2008

Remembering Tiananmen Square In 2008; events to be held around the
world this week

May 30, 2008 (CSN) -- It is that time of year for the annual
commemorations and memorial observances to remember the freedom
fighters of Tiananmen Square, including the dead, the wounded, and
their families who were victimized by the Chinese government's
crackdown against the Chinese democracy movement. It was 19 years
ago, on the night of June 3-4, 1989, when the government used "the
People's Liberation Army" to shoot its way into Tiananmen Square,
unloading live ammunition into unsuspecting civilians -- unarmed
demonstrators on the streets of Beijing.

Today, CSN is offering this roundup of expected events. (1.)
Washington candle light vigil; (2.) New York consulate protest; (3.)
Hong Kong candle light vigil; (4.) Washington rally with Yang Jianli
and Nancy Pelosi.

(1.) Washington candle light vigil
The IFCSS (Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars)
will hold the 19th annual vigil to observe the anniversary of the
Tiananmen Square massacre, on Sunday June 1, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm,
outside the Chinese embassy in Washington DC. The China Support
Network and Freedom First Olympics Second Coalition will co-sponsor
the event, along with Light Club, the modern rock band that will play
American rock music in support of the causes of Chinese freedom,
democracy, human rights, and an Olympic boycott.

The Chinese embassy is at 2300 Connecticut Avenue, NW in Washington DC.
(2.) New York consulate protest

Chinese groups including the China Democracy Party World Union will
hold a protest opposite the Chinese consulate in Manhattan of New
York City, on Tuesday June 3 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The Chinese
consulate is on the north east corner of 42nd Street and 12th Avenue.
The protest will be on the west side of 12th Avenue. This is for the
19th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
(3.) Hong Kong candle light vigil

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements
of China will hold the candle light vigil for the 19th anniversary of
the Tiananmen Square massacre "to commemorate those who were killed
in the June 4th Massacre in China and express our eagerness for
democracy, freedom, human rights and rule of law." The vigil will
occur on Wednesday, June 4, beginning at 8:00pm. The location is the
football fields in Victoria Park of Hong Kong.
(4.) Washington rally with Yang Jianli and Nancy Pelosi

On Capitol Hill in Washington DC, a daytime rally will commemorate
the 19th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. This will be
in the late morning of Wednesday, June 4, from 10:30am to 12:00pm.
The venue is the Upper Senate Park, which is on Constitution Avenue
next to the Russell Senate Office Building. This rally will also
feature the end of Dr. Yang Jinali's 500 mile "GongMin Walk," in
which he has walked from Boston to Washington during the month of
May, 2008. A 21-foot replica of the Goddess of Democracy statue
(originally erected by students in Tiananmen Square) will serve as a
backdrop. In addition to Dr. Yang Jianli, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-CA) will speak, as will T. Kumar (of Amnesty International), Carl
Gershman (of the National Endowment for Democracy), Rebiya Kadeer (of
Uyghur American Association). Co-sponsors include Initiatives for
China, the Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars,
the Chinese Democratic Party, the Federation for a Democratic China,
the Alliance for a Democratic China, Beijing Spring, the Chinese
Social Democratic Party, the Uyghur American Association, Falungong
Practitioners, the International Campaign for Tibet, Freedom Now,
Reporters without Borders USA, Human Rights First, Amnesty
International USA, Human Rights Watch, and the US Campaign for Burma.
In addition to the events above, Chinese embassies and consulates
around the world will be locations for local protests. Check local
human rights groups for details. Here are some that we're aware of:

(5.) London rally with Wei Jingsheng
The Chinese embassy in London is at 49-51 Portland Place, W1B 1JL.
This event will be Wednesday, June 4, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The UK
section of Amnesty International (AIUK) is responsible for organizing
this demonstration, which will include famed Chinese dissident Wei
Jingsheng. Other speakers include Kate Allen (of AIUK), Xia Ze (of
Friends of Tiananmen Mothers in the UK), and Chinese dissident Shao
Jiang. This is for the 19th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

(6.) Oxford demonstration
On Wednesday June 4 AIUK is holding a demonstration at the Martyr's
Memorial in Oxford, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. This is for the 19th
anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

(7.) Stratford upon Avon vigil
The Stratford upon Avon Methodist Church in Old Town will be open for
12 hours of vigil, from 9:00am to 9:00pm on Wednesday June 4. This is
for the 19th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

(8.) Belfast (Northern Ireland) demonstration
On Wednesday June 4 AIUK in Northern Ireland is holding a
demonstration at the Corn Market in Belfast City Centre, beginning at
12:00 noon. This is for the 19th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

(9.) Edinburgh (Scotland) demo w/die-in

On Wednesday June 4 AIUK in Scotland is holding a demonstration to
include activists performing a dramatic "die in" at 1:00pm. The venue
is The Mound, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL. They will have a
table, booth, or stall in the open square next to National Gallery
throughout the morning, to help the public / activists to make paper
red roses. Those will be used in the program that runs from 12:45pm
to 3:45pm. This is for the 19th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

(10.) Siegburg, Germany seminar
On Wednesday June 4, the Federation for a Democratic China will be
running a program at Asia Bfett Restaurant, Holzgasse 42, 53721
Siegburg, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. This is for the 19th anniversary of
the Tiananmen Square massacre.
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