30 Years Since Tiananmen Square Changed China As We Know It | On Point

June 05, 2019
In this picture taken on April 10, 2019, tourists line up for the flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Tiananmen Square, 30 years after the crackdown. We remember the day that changed modern Chi


Zhou Fengsuo, one of the 21 student leaders of the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square whose arrest was ordered by the Beijing Public Security Bureau. Arrested June 13, 1989, and imprisoned for a year, then moved to the United States in 1995. President of the human rights charity Humanitarian China, which he co-founded in 2007. (@ZhouFengSuo)

Mary Gallagher, professor of political science and director of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. (@MaryGao)

Yaqiu Wang, China researcher at Human Rights Watch who divides her time between Hong Kong and New York. (@Yaqiu)

From The Reading List

NPR: “30 Years After Tiananmen Protests, ‘The Fight Is Still Going On For China’” — “Zhou Fengsuo was a top university student when the first protests broke out in the heart of the ancient imperial city of Beijing, set off by the death of reformist leader Hu Yaobang in April 1989.

“But he threw caution to the wind as students marched to Tiananmen Square before Hu’s funeral. Tens of thousands of students like him from across the country, professors, blue-collar workers and passersby joined in the following months. Often dubbed the ‘student democracy protests,’ those who assembled in Beijing and elsewhere across China didn’t just want democratic reform. Among other things, they demanded labor bargaining for workers, a free press and an end to party corruption.

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