June 4th marks the anniversary of the Chinese government’s repression of the Tiananmen Square demonstrators in 1989. Hong Kong held a candlelight vigil, where a black wreath was displayed to commemorate the bloodshed. One dissident placed an ad in a local newspaper early this morning, while online references to the massacre circulate.
An advertisement saluting mothers of students and workers killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown appeared in a newspaper in southwest China on Monday, two witnesses said, in a rare public criticism of the massacre.
The advertisement, in the lower right corner of page 14 of the Chengdu Evening News, read: “Paying tribute to the strong mothers of June 4 victims”, two local residents who saw it told Reuters.
Police are investigating how the advertisement got into the newspaper, one local resident who requested anonymity said. [Full Text]