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Li Peng, Chinese premier during Tiananmen crackdown, dies

Jul. 23, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Li Peng, a former hard-line Chinese premier best known for announcing martial law during the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests that ended with a bloody crackdown by troops, has died. He was 90. China's official Xinhua News Agency said Li died Monday of an unspecified illness. His...

Chinese state media say former Premier Li Peng, who announced martial law during Tiananmen protests, has died

Jul. 23, 2019 7:04 AM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say former Premier Li Peng, who announced martial law during Tiananmen protests, has died.

AP Was There: Tanks rumble out of Tiananmen Square

Jun. 4, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — This story was first published on June 5, 1989, two days after China began a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The AP is republishing the story for the 30th anniversary of the violence in which hundreds, if not thousands of people are believed to...

Hong Kong activists hold Tiananmen candlelight vigil

Jun. 4, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong gathered Tuesday night to mark 30 years since China's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, underscoring continuing concern for Chinese human rights in the semi-autonomous territory, even as its own civil liberties...

China handles Tiananmen anniversary with usual silence

Jun. 4, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Dissidents silenced. Security tightened. References scrubbed from the internet. China imposed an information lockdown Tuesday on the 30th anniversary of its bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square, a stark reminder that three decades later, the possibility of...

The Latest: Hong Kong activists mark Tiananmen anniversary

Jun. 4, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have gathered to mark 30 years since China's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The annual vigil at Hong Kong's...

AP PHOTOS: How Hong Kong supported, and remembers, Tiananmen

Jun. 4, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — As pro-democracy protests took hold in China in 1989, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of neighboring Hong Kong to show their support. Associated Press photographer Vincent Yu, just starting his career at the news service, covered the Hong Kong demonstrations, which...

Prosperity, repression mark China 30 years after Tiananmen

Jun. 3, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square protests, China's economy has catapulted up the world rankings, yet political repression in the country is harsher than many who watched those events would have anticipated. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are held in re-education camps without...

Tiananmen: When China shifted from solidarity to stability

Jun. 3, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) — The young woman lay on a mat in the concrete hallway of a Beijing hospital on June 4, 1989. She weakly held up an X-ray showing a bullet in her shoulder. Knowing I was a journalist, she whispered something I had heard numerous times in the previous three weeks: "Report the truth."...

Artists who've dared to broach Tiananmen pushed into shadows

Jun. 2, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — It has been three months since Chinese rock musician Li Zhi disappeared from public view. First, an upcoming tour was canceled and his social media accounts were taken down. Then his music was removed from all of China's major streaming sites — as if his career had never existed at...