Twenty three years later the men who committed a slaughter of nonviolent demonstrators remain free with impunity and some of those who peacefully demonstrated are still in prison today. Requests by the United States and France for these prisoners of conscience to be released are rejected. Another after unjustly serving 22 years in prison and one year out of prison has been found dead under suspicious circumstances.
The events of that day are systematically censored and scrubbed from publications and the internet. Internet censorship by the Chinese communist regime does everything possible to erase the hope of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations and the brutal crackdown that began on June 4, 1989. The numbers 6, 4, and 89 have been censored along with "today."
Despite that cracks of light break through exposing the fear of the dictatorship. The Shanghai stock index fell 64.89 points on the anniversary of the massacre. On top of that the Shanghai Composite Index opened at 2346.98 on the this the 23rd anniversary.
These are two creative examples of nonviolent resistance that break through the censorship and remember the victims of an atrocious crime. In Hong Kong, tens of thousands turned out to remember the thousands of victims of the Tiananmen crackdown.
At the same time an ominous death underlined the observance of this grave injustice, Li Wangyang, 62, a labor activist from Hunan province who led workers in sympathy protests during the 1989 student demonstrations in 1989 and served 22 years in prison. He was found early Wednesday morning hanging by a bedsheet from security bars over a window. Officials said it was suicide. The evidence indicates otherwise.