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.
Bystanders believed to be plainclothes police officers interrupted and harassed a CNN journalist reporting on the 30th Tiananmen Square Anniversary in Beijing earlier this week.
In a now-viral clip, a man riding a bike can be seen cutting Matt Rivers off as he talks about the pro-democracy protests, which culminated in a government-authorized massacre.
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.
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.