China Newspaper Ad Salutes Tiananmen Mothers – Reuters

June 4th marks the anniversary of the Chinese government’s repression of the Tiananmen Square demonstrators in 1989. 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.

From Reuters:


An advertisement saluting 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 criticism of the massacre.

The advertisement, in the lower right corner of page 14 of the Chengdu Evening , 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]

See also the BBC photo series and commentary on the Hong Kong vigil, as well as the New York Times article on the vigil. See a photo of the Chengdu Evening News ad here.

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