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People gather for a vigil for the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong despite applications for it being officially denied. China is tightening controls over dissidents while pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong and elsewhere try to mark the 31st anniversary of the crushing of the pro-democracy movement in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

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Thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil for victims of the Chinese government's brutal military crackdown three decades ago on protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square at Victoria Park in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is the only region under Beijing's jurisdiction that holds significant public commemorations of the 1989 crackdown and memorials for its victims. Hong Kong has a degree of freedom not seen on the mainland as a legacy of British rule that ended in 1997.

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University students clean the "Pillar of Shame" statue, a memorial for those killed in the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, at the University of Hong Kong.

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University students clean the "Pillar of Shame" statue, a memorial for those killed in the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, at the University of Hong Kong. Thousands are expected to turn out for a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong. The territory has relatively greater freedoms than the mainland does under an agreement reached before the former British colony was returned to China in 1997, though activists are concerned about the erosion of those freedoms in recent years.

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Tens of thousands of people attend an annual candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria Park. Hong Kongers commemorate victims of the Chinese government's brutal military crackdown nearly three decades ago on protesters in 1989 Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

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Tens of thousands of people attend an annual candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria Park. Hong Kongers commemorate victims of the Chinese government's brutal military crackdown nearly three decades ago on protesters in 1989 Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

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Tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong to mark the 25th anniversary of the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing.

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Protesters march to mark the 25th anniversary of China's bloody crackdown on Tiananmen Square on June 4, ahead of a much larger annual candlelight vigil. The banner reads "Exonerate the June 4 protest".

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Portrait of late Communist leader Mao Zedong is reflected on a bus window near Tiananmen Square at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

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Paramilitary policemen prepare to carry the wreaths of flowers to the Monument to the People's Heroes during a ceremony marking National Day at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

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Soldiers holding red and yellow flags stand at Tiananmen Square during a ceremony marking National Day in Beijing.

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A child bites a bottle as she poses for photograph with her father near a giant flower pot on display at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Hundreds of thousands foreign and domestic tourists are expected to flock to the square to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and 63rd National Day over the week-long holidays starting on Sept. 30.

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Chinese President Hu Jintao waves to reporters during a visit to the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building in Hong Kong. A Hong Kong reporter has briefly thrown Chinese President Hu Jintao’s tightly scripted visit to the semiautonomous city off course by asking about the 1989 military crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square. The reporter for the Apple Daily newspaper was detained for about 15 minutes by several security officers, who told him he was noisy and broke rules.

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Protesters wear white dresses and cover eyes with white clothes to show their own expression to mourn for the death of Chinese labor activist Li Wangyang during a protest march in Hong Kong. Li, imprisoned for two decades, died in a hospital Wednesday one year after being released from jail, and a relative raised doubt on the official explanation that he had hanged himself. The activist had advocated for independent labor unions in central China's Hunan province and was caught in the sweeping nationwide crackdown on all forms of dissent after the Tiananmen Square democracy protests were quashed in 1989.

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A Chinese man holds a Chinese national flag as he runs past Tiananmen Gate at the start of the Beijing Marathon in Beijing, China.

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A Chinese boy waves a Chinese national flag while tourists tour in front of a giant Chinese Communist Party emblem set up to celebrate the July 1 Chinese Communist Party's 90th anniversary at the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.

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Demonstrators dressed up as the Goddess of Democracy shout slogans outside a downtown shopping mall in Hong Kong. Police have seized a second statue dedicated to victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, in what critics called an attack on freedom of expresion in this semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The Chinese military's suppression of pro-democracy student protests in June 1989, which killed at least hundreds, is off-limits on the mainland, but it is openly mourned and criticized in Hong Kong, a former British colony that is guaranteed Western-style civil liberties.

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Tourists and residents wear masks as they visit Tiananmen Gate during a sandstorm in Beijing, China. Cities across China are being battered by spring sandstorms, forcing residents to cover their faces with masks and scarves to protect against the swirling grit.

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Ushers pose at Tiananmen Square during the annual Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

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Visitors pose for photos near a national day float displayed on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. Chinese from across the country have flocked to the Chinese capital taking advantage of a week long national day holidays to travel.

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China's President Hu Jintao inspects the military parade as China's top leaders watch from Tiananmen Gate in Beijing at celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of China.

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School students stand together forming the number 60 in celebration of China's upcoming 60th National Day in Zhengzhou. China's 60th anniversary celebration will be held on Oct. 1 in Tiananmen Square in central Beijing.

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Tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria park to mark the 20th anniversary of the June 4th military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing.

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A Chinese paramilitary police officer stretches as he stands guard in front of a portrait of former leader Mao Zedong on display at the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing.

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Chinese honour guards stand in position against the backdrop of Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Foreign journalists were barred from Beijing's Tiananmen Square amid heavy security on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the bloody crackdown on 1989 pro-democracy protests.

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Chinese dissident Shen Zhidao waves to onlookers as he is arrested by police after holding a protest on Beijing's Tiananmen Square to mark the 10th anniversary of the massacre. Shen has been tried on subversion charges.

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A Chinese military policeman stands guard as workers put up a giant portrait of Sun Yat-Sen on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The portrait of Sun, who is revered as the founding father of modern China, is displayed in readiness for China's 52nd national day next Monday.

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A lone cyclist rides near Beijing's Tiananmen Square packed to capacity during China's National Day and Mid-Autumn celebrations on Monday. Millions of Chinese are taking advantage of the good weather and week long holiday to travel

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A Chinese military police tries to grab a protest banner from a Falun Gong member Jason Loftus in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Loftus, of Barrie, Ontario, was quickly detained, along with fellow protester Levi Browde, of New York. The two were protesting persecution of members of the banned group in China.

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A Chinese plainclothes police patrol on top of Tiananmen Gate as thousands of Chinese visit the monuments on the May Day in Beijing. Tens of thousands of Chinese tourists are expected to visit the Chinese Capital during the weeklong holiday.

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A Chinese military policeman stands watch at a subway to Tiananmen square in Beijing, China, on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown of pro-democracy demonstrators. Security is stepped up each year around June 4 to prevent any protests to mark the event.

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Chinese President Jiang Zemin leads the way for Nepalese King Gyanendra during a welcome ceremony in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. King Gyanendra is on a state visit to seek Beijing's help in fighting rebels who claim that the revolutionary father of communist China, Mao Zedong, inspires them.

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A Chinese boy kisses a girl mannequin dressed in a traditional "qipao" dress in Beijing. The boys were window-shopping in district near Tiananmen Square.

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Chinese paramilitary officers check the identity of a Chinese man at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Security in the capital has been tight as it prepares to hold the upcoming party congress in November when China's top leadership is expected to change.

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A soldier guarding the Chinese national flag at Beijing's Tiananmen Square is on duty in the snow. Meteorologists in the Chinese capital say the snow, which started last Thursday, will last six days, making it the longest period of snow in 53 years.

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A Chinese policeman keep watch over tourists in front of a portrait of Mao Zedong at the Tiananmen Square on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing. Sevreal pro-democarcy activists, including leading Chinese doctor Jiang Yanyong, have been taken away from Beijing or put under house arrest ahead of the 4 June anniversary. On the night of 3-4 June 1989, Chinese troops shot their way through city streets, killing hundreds, possibly thousands, to end seven weeks of pro-democracy protests at the Tiananmen Square.

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Crowds gather in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in front of a portrait of Sun Yat-sen to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the founding of communist China.

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Monday 17 JanuaryZhao Ziyang, the father of market reforms and capitalism in China, died in a Beijing hospital after a prolonged illness. A former premier, 85-year-old Zhao was under house arrest since 1989 for opposing the military crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square. He was last seen in public on May 19, 1989, when he tearfully pleaded with student protesters to leave Tiananmen Square, close to the Chinese parliament building.

A taxi driver displays a 'disinfected' sign in his window as he drives past Beijing's Tiananmen Gate on May Day.

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Matt Pierce, an activist dressed as "Spiderman", reads a newspaper near approaching firemen, as he demonstrates on top a huge television screen in downtown Hong Kong. Pierce called for justice for the victims who were killed in Tiananmen Square crackdown. The massacre occurred on June 4, 1989, when the People's Liberation Army of China crushed pro-democracy protests taking place at the esplanade in central Beijing.

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A Smoother Ride Here Than At Home?Hopefuls for China’s Olympic mountain biking team got a chance to go pedal to pedal against US President George Bush in his sport of choice. The hour-long spin around dusty trails was Bush’s second bike excursion during his eight-day trip through Asia. Later, he conceded that he would not have made the Chinese team since the terrain was really difficult. While underplaying pictures of Bush and wife Laura praying at a Tiananmen Square church, Chinese authorities played and replayed the images of Bush on wheels. They were clearly keen to emphasise what a smooth ride the visit had been. But Chinese audiences, used to seeing their own leaders performing vigorous athletic feats for the camera when most under pressure, put their own spin on the bike-ride. Bush, they thought, must really need the de-stressing. After all, his Iraq policy was blowing up in his face.

Charles Dharapak

Monday March 31, 2008
While India bent backwards to China's bullying over Tibet and the Dalai Lama (among other things, China called him a liar and "the devil"), the Olympics torch began its journey in Beijing with President Hu Jintao waving it at Tiananmen Square. One eventual stop on what Beijing is calling a “Journey of Harmony” will be Lhasa, the Tibetan capital still simmering from violent antigovernment protests. This week, the Olympic flame is being split into two torches. One will be flown Tuesday to Almaty, Kazakhstan, to begin an international relay covering five continents and including a stop in San Francisco. The other torch is being flown to Lhasa and then being transferred to a base camp below Mount Everest. There, the flame is expected to be stored in a special lantern until May, when a team of climbers — and two specially trained camera operators for Chinese state television — will try to carry the burning torch to the summit of the world’s highest mountain and back down.

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