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Tiananmen remembered by survivors.

BRITISH-based survivors of China's Tiananmen Square 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 UK's headquarters in London.

Hundreds, possibly thousands, of people died in the Chinese government 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 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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Date:Jun 4, 2009
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