Award-Winning Photo Collection Activity of the 1989 Democracy Movement
May 23, 2019
It's been 30 years since the 1989 Democracy Movement and the June 4th Tiananmen Massacre took place. However, the censorship and blockage of Chinese Communist regime have left many precious first-hand materials and documents obscured by the dust of history, facing possible permanent loss, which makes the truth more difficult to be revealed and future historical research harder to carry on. As an important part of Chinese history, the 1989 Democracy Movement, including its experience and lessons, passion and thinking, will certainly be a valuable legacy of all Chinese. In view of this, Mr. Cao Xuyun, founder of the “Supporters Group from All Walks of Life to Beijing” in 1989, hopes to collect relevant materials and documents. Now Mr. Cao is organizing the award-winning photo collection activity, assisted by Citizen Power Initiatives for China (CPIFC):
I. Purpose: Collect photos of the flag of the “Supporters Group from All Walks of Life to Beijing”.
II. Description: After the one-million-people parade broke out in Beijing on May 23, 1989 (aimed at supporting the students’ democratic movement and boycotting the martial law issued by the State Council on May 20, 1989), the “Supporters Group from All Walks of Life to Beijing” was established by Luo Mu (Cao Xuyun), a member of the hunger strike group to defend Tiananmen Square on the same day. (The relevant situation is described in detail in Cao Xuyun’s book A Scholar from L Town). On the afternoon of that day, a flag was erected on the east side of the People’s Heroes Monument in Tiananmen Square. The background color of the flag was red or white (not very sure). On the flag, there were eleven handwritten Chinese characters “中华各界人士赴京声援团”. It disappeared until the clearance on June 4, 1989.
III. There were many Chinese and foreign media and photographers in Tiananmen Square at that time. We believe that there must be related photos left somewhere. Now we hope to collect the photos of this flag by giving some bonus. The specific collection methods are as follows:
IV. After this activity, similar follow-up activities, if needed, will be organized with relevant human rights organizations and researchers.