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June 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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Spreading word locally of the Tiananmen Square tragedy


The truth of what happened at Tiananmen Square 25 years ago "has to be told to the entire world," says Xiu Hong Jin. She was a 33-year-old journalist in Beijing back then and was injured while organizing the erection of barricades to stop the Chinese military near Tiananmen Square.

After the massacre of pro-democracy activists -- the exact number killed isn't known; estimates range from hundreds to thousands -- the American embassy told her and her then-husband, an American citizen, they weren't safe in China. The couple fled the country, and she has lived in Seattle since. Wednesday, Jin set up an exhibit she's sponsoring in Hing Hay Park in Seattle's Chinatown International District to commemorate the tragic events.

"I feel people inside China should be allowed to know the truth," Jin said. "Those who experienced the Tiananmen Square massacre were injured or killed, and were not allowed to tell the truth."



ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Xiu Hong Jin, who helped organize people to set up barricades to stop the Chinese military near Beijing's Tiananmen Square just before the massacre there in 1989, sets up signs and later speaks to the public Wednesday at Hing Hay Park in Seattle's Chinatown International District.

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