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Tiananmen remembered by survivors.

BRITISH-based survivors of China's Tiananmen Square Tiananmen Square, large public square in Beijing, China, on the southern edge of the Inner or Tatar City. The square, named for its Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen), contains the monument to the heroes of the revolution, the Great Hall of the People, the museum of  massacre will gather today as part of worldwide commemorations marking 20 years since the killings.

Protesters, relatives of victims and journalists who covered the atrocity will lay flowers and swap their accounts of the incident, at Amnesty International Amnesty International (AI,) human-rights organization founded in 1961 by Englishman Peter Benenson; it campaigns internationally against the detention of prisoners of conscience, for the fair trial of political prisoners, to abolish the death penalty and torture of  UK's headquarters in London.

Hundreds, possibly thousands, of people died in the Chinese government Ever since Republic of China founded in January 1st, 1912, China has had several regional and national governments. List
  • Chinese Soviet Republic
  • Provisional Government of the Republic of China
  • Reformed Government of the Republic of China
 crackdown. Yet open discussion of the event remains taboo in China.

The number of deaths is disputed, but the Chinese government figure of 241 is widely believed to be too low.

The tanks of the People's Liberation Army People's Liberation Army

Unified organization of China's land, sea, and air forces. It is one of the largest military forces in the world. The People's Liberation Army traces its roots to the 1927 Nanchang Uprising of the communists against the Nationalists.
 took two days to disperse demonstrators and kill hundreds of unarmed people in streets near to Tiananmen Square.

Amnesty is renewing calls for a public inquiry and is urging its members across the country to hold candle-lit vigils throughout the week.

Local groups across the UK will be re-naming local squares "Tiananmen Square" for one day to show solidarity with those campaigning for justice in China, a spokesman said.

The 1989 protests began in April after the death of the liberal reformer Hu Yaobang.

On April 22, 50,000 gathered in the square where Mao Zedong first proclaimed the People's Republic of China, to commemorate Hu, a former general secretary of the Communist Party, who had urged democratic reform International attention focused on the protest as students began hunger strikes in the square..
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