June 4, Friday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1. Friday marks the 32nd anniversary of China’s deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The incident on June 4, 1989, resulted in a large number of casualties after Chinese troops fired on students and others demanding democracy in the country. 2. Media in Hong Kong is reporting an organizer of a group for annual Tiananmen vigils has been arrested. Chow Hang-tung, vice chairwoman of the group, was reportedly arrested for promoting an unauthorized assembly for Friday evening.
3. The U.S. government has issued a statement harshly criticizing China over what Washington calls “the Tiananmen square massacre” in 1989. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a statement on Thursday, on the eve of the 32nd anniversary of the deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing.