Tiananmen Calm on 23rd Anniversary

    This general view shows Tiananmen Square on June 4, 2012 on the 23rd anniversary of China's crackdown of democracy protests in Beijing.  Hundreds, perhaps thousands, are believed to have died when the government sent in tanks and soldiers to clear Tiananmen Square on the night of June 3-4, 1989, bringing a violent end to six weeks of pro-democracy protests.   AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/GettyImages)

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    All was quiet in Tiananmen Square as the 23rd anniversary of the protests and subsequent crackdown approached. “The current stability-maintaining force, including the police, has effectively stopped people from doing anything on the anniversary,” Ding Xueliang, a Hong Kong university professor, told reporters. “The cost of organizing any collective action is too large; the pressure and risks on individuals too great.” The government has forbidden events to commemorate the 1989 demonstrations. Meanwhile, the United States, fresh from a scrape with the Chinese government regarding blind human-rights activist Chen Guangcheng, urged the country to provide “a full public accounting of those killed, detained, or missing” from the protests more than two decades ago.

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