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June 3: Global Tiananmen Vigil

Prague / Hong Kong / Washington / New York, May 27, 2005 - On Friday, June 3, at 20:00 (8:00pm) in various time zones, people around the world will light candles in their windows to commemorate the sixteenth anniversary of the massacre in downtown Beijing. This is the ambition of the second annual Global Tiananmen Vigil, an international initiative launched jointly by several human rights groups.

First initiated by Olympic Watch for the fifteenth anniversary in 2004, the Vigil has been endorsed by four major organizations of the Chinese democratic exile - Wei Jingsheng Foundation, Laogai Research Foundation, China Labour Bulletin and China Labor Watch. According to the statement on the Vigil’s website, 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 authoritarian rule over China, mounting serious human rights abuses every day, the crimes committed fifteen years ago in central Beijing have not been revoked, investigated and prosecuted.

For more, please visit the website of the Global Tiananmen Vigil.

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