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Global Tiananmen Vigil: Thursday, June 3, 7:00pm

On Thursday, June 3, at 19:00 in various time zones, people around the world will light candles in their windows to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the massacre in downtown Beijing. This is the ambition of the Global Tiananmen Vigil, an international initiative launched today by Olympic Watch and its five partner organizations.

The initiative has been endorsed by four major organizations of the Chinese democratic exile - Wei Jingsheng Foundation, Laogai Research Foundation, China Labour Bulletin and Human Rights in China (HRiC) - as well as by the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR/IGFM). According to Olympic Watch (Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games in a Free and Democratic Country), the aim is to “create a rolling light of hope … for the oppressed people in China”.

During the night of June 3-4, 1989, the communist "People’s Liberation Army" murdered hundreds, if not thousands, of students, workers, and other innocent Chinese people who peacefully demanded reform in the People’s Republic of China. As the Chinese Communist Party continues its totalitarian rule over China, imprisoning, torturing, and executing innocent people, and mounting other human rights abuses every day, the horrendous crimes committed fifteen years ago in central Beijing were never properly investigated and prosecuted.

TiananmenVigil.org, a web page specifically designed for the event, has been launched.

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