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Monday, June 05, 2006

Tiananmen Square: 17 Years

Each year on the 4th of June, the government of China is tested. Will they allow the people to hear about Tiananmen Square?

Sadly, this year is a repeat of the last 16...

Sunday, June 4th, 2006 @ 8:12 EDT
China: June 4th:Silence, Memorial and Blogger’s Saying

Today it’s June 4th, the 17th anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre, which marked the end of student democracy movement in Beijing and nationwide lasting from March to June, 1989. The communist party of China still did not recognize this mass incident as peaceful protest of students, who used demonstration and hunger strike to demand democracy and removal of corrupted officials.

Under the party propaganda policies, no commemoration of the movement was allowed in public places and the newspapers and TV networks passed the day wthout any even implied mention of it. Like the popular columnist and blogger Lianyue once has wrote when Google has entered Chinese market:”We(Google) guarantee: The day after Jun3th must be Jun5th”, the state-controlled media have just pretended that the event never happened 17 years ago, identical with the official history book’s negligible claim of the movement as “a political incident in the spring and summer of 1989″.
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However, at least it's good that alternative sources of media are attempting to spread the information. Although I find it disheartening that Google has kowtowed to the ruling party... They are definitely doing evil.

The surest sign that China is ready to make the transition to an open society will be when they allow this sad piece of history to be accessible by all.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (2)
bobby fletcher said...

I'd like to offer couple more reference in addition to PBS Frontline's "The Tank Man", where it reported the fact Chinese government did investigate this, and release casualty figure of 240 some dead (incidentally in-line with our own NSA intel estimate.)

An article by Gregory Clark on pack journalism:

http://mparent7777.livejournal.com/7702519.html

"the so-called massacre was in fact a mini civil war as irate Beijing citizens sought to stop initially unarmed soldiers sent to remove students who had been demonstrating freely in the square for weeks. When the soldiers finally reached the square there was no massacre."

An article by Columbia Journal Review on passive journalism:

http://archives.cjr.org/year/98/5/tiananmen.asp

"as far as can be determined from the available evidence, no one died that night in Tiananmen Square.
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Hundreds of people, most of them workers and passersby, did die that night, but in a different place and under different circumstances."

[Just for reference, throwing molotov cocktail at riot police is a crime in US.]

Brian said...

Wow. Just Wow. So the massacre happened just someplace else, and they deserved it?