Colour photograph of a group of 12 Chinese soldiers standing in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, People's Republic of China, on 5 Jun 1989. Li Xiaoming (Thomas) is standing fifth from the left.Thomas formally migrated to Australia in 2002.

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Group of 12 Chinese soldiers standing.


Statement of Historical Significance:
This collection provides a unique opportunity to document the events of the Tiananmen Square Massacre which occurred in Beijing on 4 June, 1989, through the eyes of a former soldier who was present at that time.This event resulted in over 40,000 Chinese students in Australia at the time being granted permanent residency visas by the Australian Government. This story also demonstrates the unwillingnes of some soldiers to participate in the events that occurred, and the resulting migration of a former soldier as a result of speaking out about the events - a risky act of subversion in the eyes of the Chinese Government.

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