Yesterday marked the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, the event which saw a brutal confrontation between pro-democracy protestors and the People's Liberation Army. Amnesty International and survivors Shao Jiang and Ze Xia gathered outside of the Chinese Embassy in London to commemorate lost lives and to bring attention to the fact that the Chinese government has yet to hold an inquiry into what happened. Several of the protestors have remained in prison and family members of protestors continue to face the threat of persecution.
The Communist Party attempted to halt commemorations within China by increasing the police presence surrounding Tiananmen Square and by discouraging public discourse of the incident. Shao Jiang and Ze Xia are two, among many survivors, who hope that the memory of the massacre will not be forcefully forgotten.
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