Nobel Winner Dedicates Peace Prize to Tiananmen Victims
Jailed Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo dedicated this peace prize to those democracy protesters who lost their lives at Tiananmen Square in 1989.
On June 4, 1989, hundreds of innocent civilians were shot dead by the Chinese army during a bloody military operation to crush a democratic uprising in Peking’s (Beijing) Tiananmen Square.
Who can forget this brave man?
Tanks rumbled through the Beijing streets late on June 3rd as the army moved into the square from several directions. They opened fire randomly on the unarmed protesters.
The injured were rushed to hospital on bicycle rickshaws by frantic residents shocked by the army’s sudden and extreme response to the peaceful mass protest. –BBC
The blood shed in Tiananmen Square has come to symbolize the triumph of the spirit over brute force. It is also a day where we are reminded of the brutality of the communist regime in China.
The AFP reported:
Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has tearfully dedicated his award to victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, activists said, as his wife was held under house arrest on Monday.
“This award is for the lost souls of June Fourth,” the US-based group Human Rights in China quoted Liu Xiaobo as telling his wife Liu Xia, referring to the bloody June 4, 1989 crackdown on democracy protests at the vast Beijing square.
The 54-year-old writer, who was jailed for 11 years in December after authoring a bold petition calling for democratic reforms, was awarded the prize by the Oslo-based committee Friday, sparking a furious reaction from Beijing.
Leaders around the world including US President Barack Obama — last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner — lauded the 2010 winner and called on the Chinese government to release him immediately.
Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, also on Monday criticised China’s irate response.