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Santa Monica, Events, Things To Do In Santa Monica, Memorial Day Weekend

Events Remember Tiananmen Massacre, Fall Of Berlin Wall

Posted May. 24, 2014, 1:18 am

Mirror Staff

Two events in Santa Monica this Memorial Day weekend will remember the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

On Saturday, May 24, the Visual Artists Guild is hosting an art exhibition opening - “Art & Democracy V” – to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre and the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

The exhibition is being held at Building Bridges Art Foundation, Bergamot Station Arts Center Unit F2, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The series is “an exhibit of varied media, representing the struggle for democracy, justice and human rights, has created a space for the world to celebrate freedom of expression,” organizers stated.

There are 37 artists selected for the art exhibition. Participating artists represent countries from the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Art works of different media include: paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations and videos. The artists’ concerns include: democracy, social equality, human rights and civil liberties, the violence of war; history in retrospect, female empowerment and environmental conservation.

On Sunday, May 25, the Visual Artists Guild hosts its annual Award luncheon and honors
Chen Ziming, a pro-democracy activist in the 1970s and considered as the “black hand” by China’s government for the 1989 pro-democracy movement, released for medical parole early this year.

Also to be honored is Xu Wenli, a pro-democracy activist since 1978, sentenced to a total of 28 years in jail of which he served 16. Nominated for the Nobel Peace prize in 1999. Nancy Pelosi called him the "Conscience of China."

Finally, to be honored are all nameless pro-democracy students of 1989 pro-democracy movement - representing those student is one who was interviewed by television as the students retreated from the square.

Registration and reception for the luncheon begins at 11 a.m.; the luncheon itself is at 1 p.m.

The awards luncheon will be held at Almansor Court Banquet Center, 700 South Almansor Street in Alhambra.

For more information on both events, please contact Ann Lau at 310-433-0697 or email

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May. 24, 2014, 4:50:34 pm

W Chua said...

There was no massacre at Tiananmen Square in 1989. The confessions made by Western journalists are documented in a new book on Amazon titled ‘Tiananmen Square “Massacre”? The Power of Words vs. Silent Evidence’. In 1998, Washington Post journalist Jay Mathews confessed in the Columbia Journalism Review that "no one died at Tiananmen Square" and that "it is hard to find a journalist who has not contributed to the misimpression" (including himself). In 2004 the Christian Science Monitor revealed that the Human Rights Watch decided not to publish their own 52-page report that confirmed the Chinese side of the story. In 2009, BBC journalist James Miles admitted that he had "conveyed the wrong impression." CBS journalist Richard Roth also confessed in 2009 that after a "debriefed on-air by Dan Rather (London office)", he made "an effort to avoid using the word "massacre", and acknowledges that he did not "make a point trying to contradict a colleague on the air".

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