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it's been thirty years since tanks rolled onto Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June fourth nineteen eighty nine Chinese troops opened fire on tens of thousands of students who were calling for democratic freedoms and transparency , fast forward to today and some of these protesters say China's no closer to embracing their goals in fact they argue that the government suppression of rights activism has pushed these goals further away than ever , war Casey was one of the student leaders he now lives in exile in Taiwan %HESITATION we lost in the western world adopted this kind of policy they call it engagement I just call it a piece , rights campaigners the presidency team paying who came to power in two thousand twelve boosted efforts to crack down on human rights under his leadership activists have been jailed detained or have simply disappeared China has also locked up a million or more minority Muslims and its western Xinjiang region in so called vocational training centers who are says it's a one sided bargain the Communist Party struck years ago on Tiananmen Square from that day on they said okay we're going to give you the economic freedom in exchange you will give us your submission today I tenement style protest is almost unthinkable in China thanks to sophisticated surveillance technology and censorship the anniversary remains a taboo in fact many young Chinese know little about the crackdown the subject is so little discussed in public the Chinese defense minister made news when he defended the crackdown at a recent summit in Singapore how do you turn the phone call it was political turmoil in the government needed to quell it the government acted decisively to stop the turbulence and this was the correct policy , China has never provided the death toll for rights groups and witnesses say that hundreds perhaps thousands of people were killed Reverend you you'll meeting is determined they will not be forgotten he helped organize an annual vigil in Hong Kong the the gong it's our way of speaking out against authoritarianism when people see the likes of our candles they'll be reminded citizens what a massacre , do is seventy five years old but he has no plans to stop holding the vigil Intel Beijing apologizes for the crackdown