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Trump calls Tiananmen Square a “riot,” stands by calling China strong

The Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989, in the heart of the Chinese capital, left untold hundreds of protesters dead. In 1990, Donald Trump said it was a sign of strength. When confronted with those words at last night’s debate, Trump referred to the massacre as a riot, then true to form refused to back away.

12 September 2016 - Chinese police fired rubber bullets at villagers and arrested 13 people on Tuesday in an overnight crackdown to suppress demonstrations in a southern fishing village that became internationally known five years ago for protesting land seizures. 

Police stormed into the village of Wukan in the southern province of Guangdong and arrested leaders of ongoing demonstrations in their homes.

Wukan carries symbolic importance due to the success of 2011 protests that broke out over land seizures and corruption. Villagers were able to expel government officials and police, and barricaded the village. 

The siege was resolved only after the provincial secretary of China’s ruling Communist Party agreed to allow a local election.The winner of that election was Lin Zuluan, a former protest leader. 

Lin was planning to lead a new round of protests this year over more land grabs. Instead, authorities detained him and then charged him with taking bribes. [article]