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China: Tiananmen, 26 years on, the repressive patterns intensify

, Index number: ASA 17/1797/2015

The graphic scenes of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops firing live ammunition on unarmed civilians demanding political reforms on 3 and 4 June 1989 in and around Tiananmen Square still seem vivid to so many who witnessed them, and the events cry out for solemn remembrance. As in previous years, Amnesty International reiterates the call for an open and independent inquiry into the 1989 military crackdown and urges the Chinese authorities to guarantee their citizens' rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

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