Category Archives: Under the Tree

June 4: “What is Truth?”

Catherine has asked me to post on our blog, a remembrance of June 4 1989. So here’s the first thing that came to my mind, from the Gospel of John, 18:38.  That was when Jesus was on trial before Pontius … Continue reading

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Zhu Chengzhi as the Conscience of Society

The death of labour activist Li Wangyang (李旺阳) under police custody has triggered huge protests in Hong Kong and outraged human rights advocates worldwide. The Hunan authorities in China, in order to quell public anger, have made vague promises to … Continue reading

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US State Department agrees with China on religious freedom

Per CNS, with links to the relevant US State Department documents: The U.S. State Department removed the sections covering religious freedom from the Country Reports on Human Rights that it released on May 24, three months past the statutory deadline … Continue reading

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23-Year Remembrance of Tiananmen Square – 1989, Beijing China – POSTSCRIPT

Written by Diane Gatterdam The Students of Tiananmen Square 1989 who stood in the face of death for the Human Rights of all Chinese people will always soar high. Their mission lives on until China is free… Two days after … Continue reading

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23 Year Remembrance of Tiananmen Square – June 5th 1989, Beijing China

Written by Diane Gatterdam Twenty-three years ago on this day Monday June 5th 1989, as a column of tanks rumbled eastward down Chan’an Avenue, several Western Cameramen in the Beijing Hotel captured what was to be the most enduring image … Continue reading

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23 Year Remembrance of Tiananmen Square – June 4th 1989, Beijing China

Written by Diane Gatterdam * (Note-There are very graphic images in this post) Twenty three years ago on this day Sunday June 4th 1989, “We are now completely surrounded” said Li Lu, “The army was advancing from three directions. Students … Continue reading

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Another Crack in the Façade of Chinese Communism

Our co-blogger Diane Gatterdam was invited to address an audience at a memorial service held yesterday (3 June 2012). It was an annual event at the Times Square in New York held in commemoration of victims who died in the … Continue reading

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23 Year Remembrance of Tiananmen Square – June 3nd 1989, Beijing China

Written by Diane Gatterdam (This post covers June 3rd 1989 from early morning-3:00 AM to Midnight) Twenty-three years ago on this day Saturday June 3nd 1989, early morning at 3:00 am students on bicycles started streaming into the square from … Continue reading

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23 Year Remembrance of Tiananmen Square – June 2nd 1989, Beijing China

Written by Diane Gatterdam Anti-government graffiti on the wall of Zhongnanhai where top Chinese Communist party leaders reside. Twenty-three years ago on this day Friday June 2nd 1989, Deng Xiaoping and party elders met with the Standing Committee of the … Continue reading

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23 Year Remembrance of Tiananmen Square – June 1st 1989, Beijing China

Written by Diane Gatterdam Twenty-three years ago on this day Thursday June 1st 1989, every member of the Politburo received a copy of a report entitled “The True Nature of the Turmoil.” Ordered by Li Peng, the report had been … Continue reading

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