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"The Tank Man" Screening and Discussion

  • 121 Cannon House Office Building (map)

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019 – 5:00PM

Location: 121 Cannon House Office Building

Please join the Congressional-Executive Commission on China for a screening of the PBS Frontline documentary The Tank Man, followed by a Q&A with CECC staff.

In the spring of 1989, hundreds of thousands of Chinese students, workers, and other citizens across China staged mass public demonstrations for political reform. Those in Beijing began gathering in Tiananmen Square in April, and their calls for political reform were taken up in cities throughout China. In the early morning of June 4th, Chinese government leaders ordered the People’s Liberation Army to advance on the unarmed demonstrators in Beijing, resulting in thousands of deaths. The day after Chinese troops launched their assault, a single unarmed man faced down a column of tanks advancing down Chang’an Avenue. His act of bravery was captured by international news media and is the subject of this PBS Frontline documentary examining the events of 30 years ago and the Chinese government’s continued censorship and repression of those seeking justice for the victims.

Following the screening, CECC research staff will be available for a Q&A about freedom of expression and censorship in China since 1989.

This screening will be open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, and the interested public. RSVP here. For any questions, please contact Sophie Jin (phone: 202.226.3778, email: sophie.jin@mail.house.gov) or Luke Adams (phone: 202.226.2378, email: luke.adams@mail.house.gov).