Thursday, June 4, 2009

Radio Beijing

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, China. Anti-government protesters had been meeting in the square for seven weeks, initially to mourn the death of pro-democracy, anti-corruption official Hu Yaobang. On June 4th, 1989 the Chinese military took action to clear the square and began firing assault rifles from armored personnel carriers into the crowds. No one knows for sure how many died--the official Chinese number was 186 but estimates from other sources go as high as 10,000.

Radio Beijing is the former name of China Radio International which is that country's external radio service. It covers the world using more than 50 shortwave transmitters. 1120 AM WUST in Washington, DC and 1540 AM WNWR in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania also carry English-language CRI programming.

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