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June Fourth Overview

June Fourth refers to the June 3-4, 1989 government military crackdown that ended the large-scale, peaceful protests in Beijing and other cities that spring and early summer. Despite persistent citizen demands for the truth and an accounting of the bloodshed, the authorities have offered nothing beyond their characterization that the protests were “counterrevolutionary riots”—a  label they later changed to “political disturbance” (政治风波)—which “the Party and state suppressed by using decisive measures.” (党和国家采取果断措施平息). More >

Photos: May-June 1989, Beijing
Photos from HRIC archive and courtesy of Gail Butler, Libby Schmalz.

HRIC Resources

June Fourth at 25

Background

Victims and Survivors

Oral Histories, Essays, Reflections

View from the Other Side

Multimedia

China Rights Forum Special June Fourth Issues

All HRIC June Fourth Related Items

Other Resources
What You Can Do

Fill the Square!

Sign a petition to support the Tiananmen Mothers’ call for truth and justice for the victims and survivors of the June Fourth crackdown.

Organize a screening of “Portraits of Loss and the Quest for Justice” in your community.

Contact Human Rights in China (communications@hrichina.org)

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