It’s nearly 30 years since the Tiananmen Square massacre took place. Yet people in China are still not allowed to talk about it.
Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong tried to commemorate 28th anniversary of the crackdown on June 2.
They’re calling improvement in human rights and freedom of expression in China.
They did so in a unique way, by launching a bottle of Chinese rice wine.
The packaging label featured military tanks, similar to the ones in the famous Tank Man photo.
The name for the wine was also homophone for Eight Nine Six Four. That’s the date of the Tiananmen crackdown, June 4, 1989.
“What the Chinese government did 28 years ago was wrong. We have to state very clear to the whole world that we still remember and June 4th will not be forgiven,” said Andrew, a pro-democracy protester.
These men were charged for producing and selling the rice wine.
The Tiananmen Square massacre has long been a banned subject in China.
Nearly a million people, mostly students, went to the capital Beijing to protest for democracy.
The Chinese Communist Party leaders sent in troops as well as military vehicles, firing at the protesters indiscriminately.
China has never released a death toll, but human rights groups and witnesses estimates the number to be several hundred to several thousand.