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The democracy protests in China in 1989 was a remarkable time of solidarity and
hope for all peoples under the rule of the Chinese government. Peaceful protests were
not only being held in Beijing, but also in East Turkistan and across China until the
Tiananmen Square Massacre.
Political affiliated bodies, socio-cultural organizations along with civil society
platforms organized processions-cum-human-chain programmes, poster campaigns,
photo exhibitions, live-facebook programmes and seminar to mark 32nd Anniversary of
Tiananmen Massacre Day in Dhaka and different districts of Bangladesh. The
programmes highlighted the brutal killing, torture and humiliation by the Chinese Army
during the Tiananmen Massacre of 1989. While paying homage to the brave-hearts and
student protestors who lost their lives, speakers paid deepest respect to all those who
suffered at the hands of Chinese military in 1989. At the time of filing, our local
correspondents reported the following programmes:
1. Dhaka – In Dhaka, A professional drama troupe of Dhaka University with group
of young artists of Dhaka University performed street plays on the theme of Tiananmen
Square Uprising in the evening 04.06.21 with raising of a banner with ‘#Boycott
Winter Olympics Beijing 2022’ written on it. Wall paintings/graffiti on the theme of
Tiananmen Square Massacre with pictures of tanks rolling with hapless protesters
getting killed by the Chinese PLA soldiers were witnessed on the walls of Dhaka
University’s student hotels apart from other areas in the city. A candle light procession
was held from Shahbagh to Dhaka University’s Raju Memorial roundabout after the
street play. About two hundred youths and students participated in the procession.
National Civil Liberties Forum’ (Nagorik Swadhinatha Mancha) organized a
demonstration at National Museum (Sahabagh) in which five to six hundred people
participated. Banners and placards condemning the massacre were flashed in the
procession. Demonstrators were bearing facemasks with ‘#Boycott Winter Olympics
2022’ .
Sammilita Islami Oikyajot held Human Chains and Demonstrations at Baitul
Mukkaram Mosque and later around 300 demonstrators proceeded towards Vijaynagar
Junction to mark their protest. Advocate Khairul Ahsan, Chairman – Islamic Movement
Bangladesh, Secretary General – Sammilita Islami Oikyajot condemned the actions of
Chinese Military and urged to Boycott Beijing Olympics 2022 and severance of
Diplomatic ties with China.
Various Street plays were also organised by various Organisations, such as Open
Dialogue Bangladesh organized a Youth street-performance in front of National Press
Club to highlight Tiananmen Massacre and Uyghur Suppression.The artists were seen
wearing a full face mask as a symbol of Uyghur oppression which is still going on in
World Social Welfare Foundation (WSWF) organized a Photo Exhibition
Program at Central Shahid Minar, Dhaka, showcasing pictures of Chinese repression
on agitating students at Tiananmen Square. WSWF also organized live facebook
program to highlight continued human rights violation in China, and pasted around
hundred posters at several points near Shahbagh, National Press Club and Dhaka
University area depicting the Tiananmen Square carnage. Later, WSWF conducted
media publicity on the protest program.
2. Sylhet – On the occasion of Tiananmen Square Massacre Day, Manobadhikar
Sangrakkhan Parishad Sylhet took up several protest programs on June 4 to highlight
mass killing (June 4, 1989) of innocent students by Chinese forces at Tiananmen Square
of Beijing and continued human rights violation by authoritarian Chinese Govt. One
thousand posters at vital points in Sylhet city depicting torture and killing of agitating
students by Chinese army and continued human rights violations in China such as
atrocities on Uyghur Muslims were seen. It also organised live facebook program to
highlight the above issues, and media publicity. The posters also called for boycotting
Beijing Olympics 2022 citing absence of fundamental rights of people in the country.
3. Similar programmes were organized in different places in Bangladesh, which
witnessed demonstration against Chinese military brutality in the 1989.