Eyewitnesses to the Tiananmen Square Massacre
Tuesday June 3, 2014, Parliament Hill, Ottawa
10:00 am – Press Conference, Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block
10:30 am – Commemoration Reception, Room 505 Victoria Building, 140 Wellington Street
On the 25th anniversary of the brutal crackdown of student demonstrations in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, three Canadians will present their first-hand accounts of the events in the square that night at a 10:00 am press conference at Charles Lynch hosted by David Sweet, MP on Parliament Hill. They will be introduced by Cheuk Kwan, Chair, Toronto Association for Democracy in China and will bear witness to a massacre that the Chinese government is anxious to erase from our memory.
Ms. Liane Lee 李蘭菊, representative of the Hong Kong Federation of Students in 1989
Mr. Yuguo Chen 陳育國, lecturer in political science at Beijing University in 1989
The Hon. Jim Munson, CTV Beijing Bureau Chief in 1989
The press conference will be followed by a 10:30 am commemoration reception hosted by the Hon. Consiglio Di Nino at 505 Victoria Building. They will be joined by:
Mr. Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada
Mr. Charles Burton, Associate Professor, Political Science, Brock University
Liane Lee 李蘭菊 belonged to a delegation of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, who made two trips to Beijing to provide tents and medical supplies to the demonstrators. She was rescued from the Square by local citizens on June 4 and left the city on an evacuation flight on June 5.
Yuguo Chen 陳育國 was a lecturer of political science at Beijing University in 1989. Prof. Chen joined his students in Tiananmen Square for many days, sleeping on the concrete ground. He was present when the square was finally cleared by the army on the night of June 4.
Cheuk Kwan 關卓中 is Chair of the Toronto Association for Democracy in China, founded in May 1989 to support the student protest in Tiananmen Square. The Association work with like-minded NGOs to advocate human rights and democracy in China and has held commemorative events on each of the 25 anniversaries of Tiananmen Square massacre.