To mark the 30th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests in China, a bronze bust of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate was unveiled on 15 April in the DOX centre.
A bronze bust of Chinese writer, literary critic, human rights activist, philosopher, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and co-founder of Charter 08, Liu Xiaobo who died in custody in July 2017 having spent the previous nine years in prison in China for his human rights activism, will be unveiled during the gathering.
Exhibition of the bust (and accompanying photographs of Liu Xia) is being held to coincide with the Anniversary of the beginning of the Tiananmen Square protests on April 15 th 1989 (seven months before the Velvet Revolution) in which Liu Xiaobo was a prominent leader.
On the 15 th April 1989 Chinese students occupied Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The students called for democracy, greater accountability, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech. At the height of the protests almost one million people assembled in the square including Liu Xiaobo who returned from teaching in the U.S. to join the protests.
On June 4 th 1989 the Chinese Government suppressed the protests with tanks and by firing at demonstrators with automatic weapons, killing as many as (a government estimated) 10,000.
Liu Xiaobo was arrested after the Tiananmen Square protests and was imprisoned for his activism from 1989 to 1991, 1995 to 1996 and again from 1996 to 1999 and finally from 2008 until his death in custody in July 2017.