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China defends Tiananmen crackdown on eve of 25th anniversary

A billboard at the June 4th Museum in Hong Kong, dedicated to remembering the Tiananmen Square massacre. Photo: AFP Beijing: China defended the bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Tuesday, the eve of the 25th anniversary, saying it had chosen the correct path for the sake of the people. For the ruling Communist Party, the 1989 demonstrations that clogged Tiananmen Square in Beijing and spread to other cities remain taboo after the government termed the protests “counter-revolutionary”. The anniversary of the date on which…