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Tiananmen activists gather in Japan to pressure Beijing

Published on May 30, 2014 5:37 PM
Former Chinese dissident leader Wu'er Kaixi (R) speaks at a seminar for the 25th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown at Tiananmen square in Tokyo on May 30, 2014, while Chinese author Chen Pokong (L) looks on. China's pro-Democracy activists, including a prominent leader from China's 1989 Tiananmen Square protest, gathered in Japan, commemorating a quarter century after the crackdown and calling for the world's pressure on Beijing for a democratic China. --PHOTO: AFP 

TOKYO (AFP) - Dozens of pro-democracy activists gathered in Japan Friday to call for global pressure on Beijing, days ahead of the 25th anniversary marking the brutal crushing of the Tiananmen Square protests.

"There used to be legitimacy in the Chinese government that was based on an ideal. But since the 1989 crackdown, there is no such a thing," Wu'er Kaixi, one of the leaders of the ill-fated protest, said in the meeting.

"The Chinese Communist party has been ruling people with fear," he told activists from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia and other regions.

The meeting opened a three-day event in Tokyo comprising symposiums and a demonstration aimed at drumming up support for their movement, ahead of the June 4 anniversary.

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