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Copyright 1999 Agence France Presse
Agence France Presse
June 03, 1999
SECTION: Domestic, non-Washington, general news item
LENGTH: 414 words
HEADLINE: Tiananmen 10th anniversary events planned across US
WASHINGTON, June 3 (AFP) - Human rights activists and Chinese dissidents
planned vigils, rallies, and other events across the United States on Thursday
and Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in
About two dozen people staged a midday
memorial service here Thursday outside the Chinese embassy to commemorate the
several hundred, possibly thousands of people killed when the Chinese military
suppressed pro-democracy protests in Beijing on June 4, 1989.
Members of the
Free China Movement and fledgling China Democracy Party set up
white funeral wreaths and wore black armbands as they read aloud the names of
those known to have died in the crackdown.
"Tear down the great wall of human rights oppression," Free China Movement chairman Tim Cooper urged. A candlelight vigil was also
planned outside the embassy late Friday
Elsewhere, the nonprofit Freedom Forum in Arlington, Virginia, planned at a
ceremony late Thursday to
unveil a replica of the Goddess of Democracy statue erected by student
protesters in Beijing a decade ago.
Speakers were to include 1989 student leader Li Lu and author Bette Bao Lord,
wife of former US Ambassador to China Winston Lord.
The Goddess of Democracy
statue, modeled after the Statue of Liberty in New York, was crushed by Chinese
"still lives in the hearts of Chinese people," said Li, a leader of the 1989 protests who now works in New York City.
"It's important on this
eve of the June 4 anniversary to remind people of the impact the movement has
left on China. It has fundamentally changed the Chinese people and the Chinese
government," he said.
Li took part earlier Thursday in a reunion at Harvard with a dozen other
Chinese student leaders
who fled to the United States after the crackdown, he said in an interview.
Harvard University, where a number of 1989 student leaders studied after
fleeing the crackdown, was meanwhile hosting a memorial service and panel
discussion on Thursday and Friday in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
San Francisco, US Representative Nancy Pelosi, a frequent China critic in
Congress, was to take part in a memorial service at Portsmouth Square.
Members of Congress were on recess this week but were expected to mark the
anniversary on June 8 at a
reception in a congressional office building currently exhibiting photographs
of events surrounding the June 4, 1989 crackdown.
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