Clapham Omnibus marks the 30th anniversary of the killings in Tiananmen Square

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” George Santayana

On June 4 1989 the Chinese government sent tanks and troops to open fire on thousands of students who were occupying Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Hundreds, maybe thousands were killed or injured. We do not know, because the government has never released the figures. We do know it responded to the student demand for greater democracy with tanks and live bullets.

The occupation of Tiananmen Square was the culmination of a democracy movement which had been gathering pace in China throughout the 1980s and which came to ahead in the spring of 1989.

In the 30 years since, the government of the People’s Republic of China has sought to erase this event from their history. Across the world efforts are made to ensure it does not succeed.

On 1 June, The Clapham Omnibus is presenting a five-hour programme of political theatre, curated by Papergang Theatre, to mark the brutal crackdown which will present narratives often overlooked in the West. 

British East Asian playwrights, actors and theatre-makers will explore the themes of protest, press freedom and human rights.

Papergang Theatre’s, Artistic Director Clarissa Widya said: “This evening presents the voices of the British East Asian and East Asian diaspora artists, reflecting on the events of 1989 in the context of today’s politics, and audience members will encounter powerful lived experiences, rarely heard in the West.”

This is a FREE event which takes place over 5 hours. Audience members are welcome either to come and go or to stay for the full programme.

Saturday 1 June, 5 – 10pm in the Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0LH.三十/

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