Tiananmen activists gather in Japan to pressure Beijing
Published on May 30, 2014 5:37 PM
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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