A Peaceful Appeal for Freedom 25 Years Ago Still Echoes Today

A senior official drove by. Then the anti-riot police turned up. They rained down punches and kicks, and threw dozens of people into vans. One gray-haired woman fainted as the police dragged her away, her back scraping the ground.
City officials told the rest of the dazed protesters in Tianjin, a megacity in eastern China, that they would need to go to Beijing to appeal if they wanted the 45 prisoners released.
So they did—although the Tiananmen Square massacre a decade earlier still scarred them.
Ultimately, 10,000 people congregated quietly in Beijing on a day in 1999, now remembered as the April 25 appeal—one of the largest protests in communist China’s recent history…. 

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