The “June 4th Massacre” angered people all over the world, especially Chinese. Gatherings and rallies were held everywhere to condemn the Chinese Government’s brutal killing of unarmed civilians and students.
On 4th June, gatherings were held in both Hong Kong and Macau. People gathered to condemn the “Deng (Xiaoping) Li (Peng) Yang (Shangkun) group”. They dressed in black and white with black cloths wrapped around their arms or their heads. In Hong Kong 200,000 people gathered in a stadium to mourn the deaths. Some newspapers changed the color of their headings from red to black.
7th June was the day the people of Hong Kong commemorated those who died during the massacre. Some schools, shops and factories were closed, and citizens went to the Monument to the Unnamed Heroes and the Xinhua News Agency to lay flowers and pay respect. Chinese immigrants and students all over the world also organized activities to mourn the dead. They organized protests, rallies and marched to the Chinese embassies to condemn the ‘Deng Li Yang group”.
Government leaders of many countries have reacted strongly to the Tiananmen Massacre, among those were the US President Bush and the British Prime Minister Thatcher. Governments of Japan, France, Australia, West Germany and Thailand all condemned the Chinese government of its cruelty and brutality. They acted to extended the stay of Chinese students in their countries and provide political asylum for defecting Chinese Embassy officials. Fong Lizhi, a well-known political activist, together with his wife, were protected by the US Embassy in Beijing.