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China marks Tiananmen anniversary

Saturday, June 04, 2011 - 01:19

June 4 - Beijing remains calm 22 years after the Tiananmen Square crackdown while a rally in Taiwan presses China for the release of dissident AI Weiwei. Sunita Rappai reports

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These scenes in China's Tiananmen Square shocked the world 22 years ago. More than a million people poured into the streets in 1989 to vent their anger at China's ruling Communist party. Tanks finally rolled onto the Square to crush the protest which had lasted several weeks. Today, the Square was packed with tourists as usual, with no obvious signs that already tight security had actually been stepped up significantly. The 1989 protests remain a taboo topic for Beijing - even more so this year following online calls for an Arab-style 'Jasmine revolution' in the country. But in Taiwan, protesters marked the 22nd anniversary of Tiananmen by arranging 1001 stools to spell out the name of imprisoned Chinese dissident, Ai Weiwei. The artist and human rights activist was recently taken into custody by Beijing. Sunita Rappai, Reuters.

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China marks Tiananmen anniversary

Saturday, June 04, 2011 - 01:19