The Tiananmen massacre occurred on June 4, 1989 ending months of student-led demonstrations in China. Hundreds, perhaps over a thousand, people died as the military suppressed protesters in Beijing.
HKFP has obtained rare images from Human Rights in China (HRIC)‘s archive, before and after the crackdown, courtesy of Gail Butler and Libby Schmalz.
The collection is part of HRIC’s “Unforgotten” project, dedicated to those killed when Chinese troops acted upon the orders of the Chinese Communist Party and shot at crowds.
In a statement, HRIC said the project aims to tell the stories of those who have fallen and generate international support for the Tiananmen Mothers in their three demands from the central government: “the truth of what happened, accountability for the killing of unarmed civilians, and compensation to survivors and families of those killed.”
See the profiles of some of those killed in the crackdown on HRIC’s website.