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Chinese Premier Known as the ‘Butcher of Beijing’ For Tiananmen Square Massacre Dies at 90

Former Chinese premier Li Peng, known as the “Butcher of Beijing” for his role in the Tiananmen Square killings, has died at the age of 90 in Beijing on Monday, July 22. 

Considered as one of China’s most influential but controversial political leaders, Li reportedly succumbed to an unspecified illness after failing to respond to medical treatment, South China Morning Post reports. 

Over 180,000 Gather for the 30th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Hong Kong

A record number of Hongkongers gathered for a vigil dedicated to mourning activists who had lost their lives in the bloody 1989 crackdown on democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

The crowds were dressed mostly in black and white as they began gathering between 6 and 7 p.m. Many came prepared with umbrellas and raincoats due to the light rain as battery-powered candles were distributed to the arrivals.

The Internet Reenacted the ‘Tank Man’ Photo in Honor of the Tiananmen Square Massacre Anniversary

Chinese censorship has not stopped people around the world from sharing photos of themselves standing tall and holding shopping bags in remembrance of the “Tank Man” who stood defiantly in front of tanks near Tiananmen Square 29 years ago.

The Tank Man blocked a convoy of tanks on June 5, 1989, after hundreds of thousands of people perished on Beijing’s Chang’an Avenue as the military was ordered to prevent student-led, pro-democracy protests on Tiananmen Square, according to Shanghaiist.