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Remembering Tiananmen Square

My Witherspoon Institute colleague, Distinguished Senior Fellow in Human Rights Chen Guangcheng, will speak at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. next Tuesday, June 3, at 2:00 p.m., to mark the 25th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square, perpetrated by the tyrants of China against their own people in 1989. Chen, who became famous as the “barefoot lawyer” who challenged the regime’s brutal one-child policy, has himself suffered at the hands of the government. Blind since childhood and self-taught in the law, he became such a thorn in the regime’s side that he was imprisoned for several years and then kept under house arrest, from which he escaped to the United States in 2012. Next Tuesday, my friend Guangcheng will speak briefly before being interviewed by AEI’s president Arthur Brooks about human rights in China, and the prospects for freedom and the rule of law.  For more information and to RSVP for attending the event, see this page at the AEI site, where you will also be able to watch a live stream of the event if you can’t be there.

Matthew FranckMatthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey.  He is ...

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