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Opinion | China tried to erase the memory of the Tiananmen massacre. These people won’t forget.


An army fired on the innocent people. I was 33 years old when I
photographed “Tank Man.” In a photograph, you can
record the moment forever. My name is Jeff Widener. Well I was the Southeast Asia picture editor for Associated Press at the time. There was such a light feeling in the air. It was like a spring day, I remember it was
beautiful. And it was incredible because you see
this “Goddess of Democracy” statue that they were building, which is basically a replica of the Statue of Liberty. And it’s facing off directly across the street from the great Mao portrait at the Forbidden City. I think everybody was feeling this wonderful feeling that they really hadn’t experienced before, which is basically called freedom. Well the first time I noticed that, I guess you could call, the tempo had changed was in the evening of June 3rd. It was quite late — I would say
around 10:00 p.m. I noticed there was something burning in the street, and it was moving very erratically, and there were protesters chasing after it. And I reached in my pocket and I was looking inside for my other lens and I couldn’t find it. And that only left me with a wide angle lens, so I literally had to get so close
that I was part of the story. You know, it was really very scary. And then all of a sudden, somebody is pulling on my camera. Pulling on my jackets and pushing me. All of a sudden the mob is turning on me. And I think they’re going to kill me, they’re just going to tear me to ribbons. I reached into my pocket, grab an American passport, lifted it over my head and just start screaming “American! American!” Some guy came over, took my passport, examined it. And then he said, “You photo, you photo.” And he’s pointing down at a dead soldier curled up on the ground. So I take one photo. I was crawling through the legs of these protesters. And I got back up and I was hit with a rock. Everything went black. And I heard laughter. I will never forget the laughter. Pedal back to the office. There was a sound of gunfire in the distance. As I passed by the Tiananmen Square, I noticed there were red tracers flying over from the distance. They were over arching over Tiananmen Square. And I was thinking to myself, “Why are
they shooting off fireworks?” It was only after a small grain-sized speck hit me in the face, and I realized it was large caliber machine gun fire. And I guess that kind of kicked me into high gear to reality. This was a incredible event that happened that was preserved for, for history. And I was just the guy, the lucky guy who got to push the button. Lot of people ask me what do we know about democracy? We live in a communist
totalitarianism. We didn’t know much but we do know
democracy through lack of democracy, lack of freedom. [Chanting] I was 21 years old. I was in
Beijing Normal University. It’s a very serious student movement. All the decisions we took was very cautiously debated. And then we thought through our action, we can alter, we can push for China, that we are also feeling excited, that we are writing history,
especially when we had the support of the Chinese people. Every time we took a mass demonstration, the people stand along the street to support us. Logic of any mass movement throughout the history is always the same that you apply pressure and hopefully your government can make a right decision. We started a hunger strike knowing that this leads to our deaths. We were dying. The world know what happened later. It’s a massacre. There’s no other word to describe June 4th. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people — students and civilians — died in that day. I did manage to escape with the help of Chinese people and Hong Kong supporters. We were all survivors of a massacre
trying to put our spirits together. As like an average person in China, the parents always tell you, “Don’t talk about politics.”. I was just one year old when the Tiananmen massacre happened. I was living with my parents in a village in
Zhejiang province in south China. Beijing only existed on TV. I graduated from high school in 2005. I was admitted to the university, and there were three months between high school and the university, and there was nothing to do, so I spent a lot of time in the Internet cafe. You know, the parents and teachers, they don’t like you to go to the Internet cafe because they feel, you know, it’s bad influence.
But we all sneak there. Randomly by chance, I got to
know about Tiananmen. When you see this like something that
is so different from what you learned your entire life, it takes a long time to actually process it. Why the students went to the street to protest, what they
were asking for? Why did the government respond in that
way? Why nobody talked about it, and why I didn’t hear anything until, you know, after I graduated from high school. I remember there was one sentence, half a sentence, mentioned that event. It was like a little dispute. You don’t get anything from the textbook by reading a half a sentence. So there was nothing that it triggered in
me to look into it. But you know when I was in Internet cafe, I saw the pictures, the graphic, you know, blood. They don’t want you to question, they don’t want you to look into what happened. They wanted to wipe that off people’s memory. There was a picture of a young man, and he was wearing a t-shirt which said, “My life is yours. My love is yours.” And I think it’s just extremely moving. You know, it really says about those people, those young students, they, the reason they protest is because the love between each other and
the love for the country. And I love their faces. It’s so
innocent and unjaded. And like this aspiration, this wanting
and desire for a better society, a better, a freer and more just China, is just beautiful. My name’s Louisa Lim. I wrote a book called “The People’s Republic of Amnesia:
Tiananmen Revisited.” The biggest revelation was about the events that happen in Chengdu, which is in Sichuan Province. And there had been a crackdown
there as well. And the government had admitted it. And I simply hadn’t known any of that when I started the reporting. There was a square called Tianfu Square, which became known as Little Tiananmen, and that was also, you know, there was a hunger strike there. It was occupied by students. And on the morning of June the 4th, it was cleared quite peacefully. But afterwards when people in Chengdu found out what had happened in Beijing, they came back out onto the streets again, and this time it was in protest against the bloody crackdown in Beijing. The government sent in People’s Armed Police. People ended up quite badly injured. There were a number of people that were killed that day, but it was the start of basically three days of running battles on the streets of Chengdu between these security forces and ordinary people who were so angered by the government’s actions. A lot of people were rounded up in front of Western eyewitnesses. They saw two army trucks being driven into the hotel, and these bodies being thrown into the trucks. And, you know, the way they described them, they would say like “meat,” like “rubbish.” I mean, it reminds us about the nature of what happened in 1989, that this was not just something that happened in Beijing. There were protests all over the country. It was a seven-week-long popular
movement that really seized the whole country by storm. Students and people pushing
the Communist Party to change. And I think over time, in the West we tend to forget that people died elsewhere. So I just think it sort of corrects
the historical record a bit.

Glenn Chapman

100 Comments

  1. True democracy never ever appears in China until the external intervention is strong enough to overthrow CCP. To be honest, gradual transformation from an authoritarian country to a democratic country is impossible under the one party control. We can learn the history from Soviet Union. Therefore, the only hope for Chinese people who pursue democracy is to immigrate to those countries which are willing to accept them.

  2. People all over the world are fighting for freedom, and the liberals in the USA are doing everything that they can to take away the freedom of the people of the United States!! What is wrong with this picture??

  3. 幸好当时中国高层没犯糊涂这种政治不稳定的事件要是成功了中国就没有以后的发展了就会比苏联还惨

  4. Dude, u really out of weapons from arsenal?? Why keep bringing something maybe happened over half a century ago to against China?? Come on, give us something new, or just make up something interesting please

  5. I cant get the explanation to young men tshirt " my life is yours, my love is yours"? To what i hear protesters/students is the angry mob and the killer who massacre and burn the armies?

  6. As a Chinese citizen, I will always remember June 4th the day on which Party and its army killed our people! This is the day for which this event will be written in our history. No one can erase it from history, though they might try to push it out of their own history "textbooks" for a short while! Chairman Xi is not gonna last too long, and he will pass away when time comes, you know. History is a lesson for all of us, but it won't be one for Chairman Xi and his little inner circle! When history becomes available for people inside China in the future, we will ask why Party wanted to hide it from our general public, and as we know now, Chairman Xi has no sense of confidence in his party and his Chairmanship.

  7. the funny things Americanpigs celebrating their genocide as Thanksgiving for their evil god.

  8. The June 4th of this year is the last time that we commemorate the Tiananmen Square Massacre, the June 4th of 2020, will be the National Day of our new China, with out the rule of CCP.

  9. to me, according to what they said and done, US media already run out of their credit.

  10. 30 years ago the U.S backed color Revolution succeed in Romania but failed in China
    luckily the young chinese nowadays don't admire U.S as much as the oldies
    they are more open minded and knew the truth / SMARTER

  11. The day the student leaders couldn't answer what is democracy to CPC leaders. lol

  12. Democracy doesn't equal voting at all. If you take some time and watch some other videos of Wu’er Kaixi, you will know what he is like

  13. 7:26 "my life is yours" written for the girl leader Chai Ling on the soapbox (that's all). In the west, there are extreme liberal leftists. In China, they have the counterparts.

  14. The comments here all sound like government-backed troll accounts. Damn, they all sound extremely brainwashed by a government runned by dog eaters and killers. Also, to all those government-backed losers with western sounding names, yeah keep on commenting, china(small c) may forget their past, but the world won't!

  15. 反政府的事情,杀人这种程度都是轻的,美国人当婊子还立牌坊真是恶心人

  16. i never forget the massacre of millions native americans by caucasians

  17. If China dont want outsiders dominate in the conversation of Tainanmen square, it is time they step up and TAKE CONTROL of the conversation by talking truthly about the event.

  18. If the CCP doesnt open up its internet then all their rubbish about becoming more open,transparent and democratic is just talk as usual. The Chinese Government is just a Paper Tiger.

  19. LOL !!! Americans are only looking for power grab not Democracy in China, Egypt and middle east are example.

  20. if the protesters succeeded in 1989, China won't be the China Today,the 2nd-biggest economy and the only one dare fight against
    the world hegemony: U.S.A. Most of the students participating in the event with a good heart tried to struggle for a brighter future for China,while what they didn't know is that they were used by part of conspirators. Each country has its own characters,the politic system of Europe definitely has its advantages,but to some extent,it doesn't fit China perfectly. what happened to the Soviet Union is a lesson,the people gained nothing from the tragedy,being starved,loosing its money,by contrast,those who incited people go to protest became the biggest winner,they made use of people as weapons to make benefits for themselves.

  21. these so-called student leaders, so many people died while most of you took a flight successfully, you are the people who should regret for what you had done to your disciples,they made you enjoying a “democracy life in America” with their flesh and blood,you called they to stand out,while when they stood out,you fled away and forged your own medal of honor with their sacrifice.

  22. Rest in peace to the students and citizens that were murdered at the hands of their communist government.

  23. Talk is cheap,show me the massacre video,you shameless rumor maker,there's many fights in the outskirts of tiananmen while there's no one dead on tiananmen square,please respect the fact. This is an unsuccessful color revolution incited by the west. The crackdown is necessary to ensure the steady fast development of China

  24. Good these traitors got taken out CIA mi5 backed and funded and it changed China From communism to capitalist – communism as if this succeed China would not of been world economic and military power death to the traitors in square well done China 🇨🇳

  25. 一個不面對歷史的政府是可恥的,難怪連馬英九都說,"六四不平反,統一不能談"

    A country that doesn't face to its history is a humiliation,not to others,but to its own people and own race.

  26. Tank boi should’ve been crushed to death. Government was way too nice to let that moron traitor live

  27. Yea uh huh like that wasn't a plot to destroy the CCP sure(🙄😏🤔😒😮🤣☕) we all know it was too ☕🙄

  28. This is the same repost made by the media for like 50 years now. Nothing changed, just the same Anti-China BS

  29. U.S find another old fake story to cover, trade war. LOL
    it seems run out of 64 blahblah content.

  30. what are you talking about? Nothing happened that day, it was a completely normal day, just like any other.

  31. When a person a wrote book about Chinese,but have western mind then are totally corrupted essay..

  32. I was a child in Beijing that day. I know people who lost their love ones that night, I won't forget what happened that night. They should have clear the street without using deadly force, water hydro and tear gas should be used instead of tanks, but sadly China doesn't have anti-riot police back then.

    30 years on, Is today's Russian society more equal 30 years after the collapse of communism? Is Ukrainians better off today than the Chinese since they got their vote? Is there less corruption or more since 1989?Democracy is not the goal of governance, it's only a mean, the goal is to create better life for its citizens. On that front, China has done a remarkable job for 30 years since Tiananmen square.

  33. 即便在现在的中国,在天安门竖立自由女神像也是一种很大的政治挑衅。你要知道,当时还是一个非常敏感的专政中国。当时的学生首先以悼念已故国家领导人为由集会,然后提出关于民主制度的改革诉求,再进一步绝食,造自由女神像,引发骇人的冲突。这一切都非常像有组织有计划的,按步就班的行动。无论任何时候,中国人的民族意识都很强,加上当时中国人大多仍痛恨美国,正常情况下根本不会支持民主制度。而我观察当时的大学生的行径,是达不到目的绝不收手,甚至跑到坦克前以死相逼。我们都知道,大多数民众示威只以表达访求和不满为主,并不会天真地以为通过一次活动就达到目的,更不会跟政府斗一个你死我活,因为对基层民众来说,那完全不是什么极端恶劣的政治环境。所以唯一能解释的就是,这批大学生遭到外部势力洗脑和组织。而在我的立场,在历史的立场,起义成功就是王,失败就要为自己的选择负责。我同情那些大学生,如果当初他们不急于做那样的选择,今天就不存在六四,而活着的他们也会正跟我一样,在YOUTUBE上看看视频。民主是一件很好的事,但在当时和现在的中国,它仍不是最优的选择。

  34. Democracy is so overrated! China has never and never will have this failed system.
    Don't cry Western!

  35. The initial move by police to clear protesters from Tianfu Square on the morning of June 4 went ahead relatively peacefully. But on hearing the news that troops had opened fire on unarmed civilians in Beijing, the citizens of Chengdu took to the streets once more. This time they knew the risk; they carried banners denouncing the "June 4th massacre" and mourning wreaths with the message: "We Are Not Afraid To Die."

    Soon the police moved in with tear gas. Pitched battles broke out in Tianfu Square. Protesters threw paving stones at the police; the police retaliated by beating protesters with batons. At a nearby medical clinic, the bloodied victims of police brutality lay in rows on the floor. Kim Nygaard, an American resident of Chengdu, recalled that they begged her: "Tell the world! Tell the world!" A row of patients sat on a bench, their cracked skulls swathed in bandages, their shirts stained scarlet near the collar, visceral evidence of the police strategy of targeting protesters' heads. But the violence went both ways: Dennis Rea, an American then teaching at a local university, watched, horrified, as the crowd viciously attacked a man they believed to be a policeman. The crowd pulled at his arms and legs, then dropped him on the ground and began stomping on his body and face, crushing it.

    Protests continued into the next evening, and as June 5 turned into June 6, a crowd broke into one of the city's smartest hotels, the Jinjiang. It was there, under the gaze of foreign guests, that one of the most brutal — and largely forgotten — episodes of the Chengdu crackdown played out after a crowd attacked the hotel. More than a dozen Western guests initially took shelter in the quarters of the U.S. consul general. But in the early hours of the morning while returning to her room, Nygaard saw what looked like sandbags piled in the courtyard. As she wondered what they would be used for, she spotted a flicker of movement and realized with a chill of horror that the sandbags were actually people lying face'down on the ground, their hands secured behind their backs. "I remember so well, because I was thinking, 'Oh my God, they're breaking their arms when they're doing that,' " she told me.

    Eventually, two trucks pulled up. Nygaard remembers that moment vividly: "They piled bodies into the truck, and we were, like, 'There's no way you could survive that.' Certainly the people on the bottom would have suffocated. They picked them up like sandbags, and they threw them into the back of the truck. They threw them like garbage." Five separate witnesses described the same scene, which was also mentioned in a U.S. diplomatic cable. The witnesses estimated they had seen 30 to 100 bodies thrown into the trucks. The local government made no secret of the detentions. The Whole Story of the Chengdu Riots, a Chinese-language book recounting the official version of events, notes that "70 ruffians" had been caught at the Jinjiang hotel. As to what happened to those detainees and how many — if any — of them died, it is impossible to know. The Chengdu protests were immediately labeled "political turmoil" on a par with Beijing, with the protesters seen as "rioters," stigmatizing all who took part."

    Lousa Lim, “The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited”

  36. “Opinion” is this story fact? How can you be on the fence unless Washington post is a shill for the Chinese communist party or just being PC to the point of being incorrect

  37. I'm surprised the brainwashed CCP slaves haven't come to start saying these people deserve to die. The real Chinese with spines have been slaughtered or forced to Taiwan and the sheep are left.

  38. The journalist in this video did mention there were riots on June 3 night.

  39. PLA soldiers killed by thugs @
    Tankman was never killed @
    There was no massacre in Tiananmen according to Wikileaks and the US knew this @t
    Stop circulating lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. Never forget the Japanese NANJING MASSACRE but PLEASE FORGET the TIANANMEN MASSACRE 1989 by Chinese Commies Panty with love

  41. Reminds me of Facebook and other social media platforms banning several conservative and right-leaning bloggers for having a different opinion. Merely mentioning them would as well get you banned from the platform.

  42. This us a painful memory but not as painful as the atrocities being committed daily by the U.S government. Before looking elsewhere let's clean up our own house. America has no moral high ground when it comes to human rights.

  43. The best way to deal with this is to create a democracy here in the U.S. We still hire slaves. Slaves don't vote nor should they. They say everything starts at home. That's where the oppression that leads to wars begins. It's because people get away with abusing their victims fiscally and physically. The taste for abuse becomes as insatiable as alcohol. Once some of them transfer that aggression to the oppressed or in some very limited cases, their own aggressors but not often enough, it becomes an endless stream of aggression toward the oppressed because people learn to associate the oppressed's defeat with their senses by observing body language, speech patterns and smells, not to mention their overflowing pockets, to name a few. To elicit the same reactions from other bullies takes much longer and that's not fast enough for them to temporarily use abuse for painkillers and a living. To stop wars the aggression against the oppressed must be stopped here at home first. This can, ultimately, end slavery or at least kink up the slave element to this endless viscous cycle of slavery and war that feed upon each other. People misuse tribalism to abuse the oppressed. It was never intended for that purpose. Except for necessities, women (male or female) should use tribalism the way it was intended, to raise herself and children in safety and stay away from those people (the abusers). This will account for a lot of those things children "don't seem" to be getting the way the system is at present. We need viable incomes for ourselves and, if need be, our children to do that. These guys want to, literally, stay in the crapper with us because no place but, but up means more money. It's infantile and greedy. Our economy should be based on the P:E, person in environment, the health of our two biggest resources including but, by not means, limited to giving everybody, businesses and individuals, groups, institutions, M&Ms, no government expenditures based on Money For Morals. There are so many programs that can help this happen and I don't see a single candidate making any changes.

  44. Because the government refuse to step down, ordinary citizens had to die. Animal farm all over.

  45. This is one way the CCP is showing how powerful they are over the USA by brutally crackdown their own defenseless people and crushing them into pastes and pieces without mercy.

  46. This is not opinion. This is history. China has been trying to erase the memory of June 4th over the past 30 years from severe torture to abandonment.

  47. Anyone in China who cares to know about the Western media version of the incident can easily VPN out and google to their hearts' content.
    They're known as wall-hoppers. (I've been told the Great Firewall for all practical purposes works one-way — outbound. They don't care what you do going out, but monitor inbound traffic strictly, lest China be overwhelmed with fake news.)
    BTW, I watched CBS Evening News, CNN, Headline News (is it still around?), everyday back in the day. It never showed APCs burning. I never saw APC burning with soldiers in it until years later on a German/Argentine? documentary about Erich Honecker that included some footage about the Tiananmen Square 6/4 incident. I was like, "Wow, holy cow. I didn't know that. (CBS, CNN never told me.)" Imagine what went thru the soldiers' mind when they saw what had happened to their comrades and what might happen to them.
    What do you think the French police would react if the Yellow Vest burned alive their colleagues in vehicles?

  48. Maybe these protesters shouldn't have killed that soldier

  49. Had the protested succeeded, China would follow — on a much larger scale — the path of the USSR collapse and mounting corruption and criminality in Russia …. Chaos and organized criminals, on a much larger scale than in Russia would take over China ….Hundred of millions would have been displaced….Tens of millions would be dead…..

  50. no a single state you will find in the world would allow someone to take public space for monthes, no matter for what irresistable reason…use your brain kids…it is the day that china should churish them had vaccinated against colored revolution which was designed to boost the stronger dollar…but it sweped through the russia, eastern europe, mid-east, north america..now it is blowing back to europe…such as yellow vest, brixit….thnk god chinese gov had spoted the plot and crushed those agendas….

  51. this… kind of reminds me… of something… something that has caused a lot of massacres throughout history… what was it again… ah… can't seem to remember… something that doesn't want people questioning and just kind of imposes blind obedience… what was it… AH! YEAH!! religion…

  52. Go back all the way to the Nanjin Massacre, opioid war, and colonization of China from the west.

  53. So how many people were killed by western in opium war? why don't you make news on that.
    Anyway good day coming in china

  54. the blood of these people is crying out loud before the heaven!!!!!

  55. wicked leaders they come and go ever!!!!
    only good will prevail!!!!!

  56. There is a nauseating conceit here. The americans wring their hands and sob over those poor Chinese bastards while they pour billions into overthrowing democratically elected governments in Venezuela and Syria and unashamedly supply the Saudis with the training and weapons to exterminate Yemeni families through an unspoken genocide. The hypocrisy reveals a deeper truth, China is winning this hybrid war; culturally, diplomatically, financially and militarily its rise cannot be stopped or assailed by the west. The condescension expressed herein masks the jealousy and bitterness of the morally degenerate culturally dying americans as they hiss through their rotten teeth.

  57. Tiananmen Massacre is a fake news by BBC. For 30 years, there is not a single photo, a single frame on a film that you can p:oint to to say, that's the proof of massacre, zero, zilch, nada.

  58. It is very dangerous to scream "freedom" in controlled countries and societies ,. But sacrifice is sometimes followed to obtain freedom ,. If you fear sacrifice, there is no freedom , China tries to erase the history of Tiananmen by using Internet blocking technology ,.

  59. Thirty years later, Tiananmen Square still remembered in Vancouver
    “Thousands of miles from Beijing, we are gathered to remember this history and pass it from elders to youth,” says Mabel Tung, the chair of the Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement.
    ZAK VESCERA Updated: June 3, 2019

    The Goddess of Democracy carries a roughly shaped torch, her eyes staring defiantly forward.
    Around her are yellow flowers and caricatures of Chinese political and business leaders. In front are gathered members and supporters of the Vancouver Society for Democracy Movement, here to pay respect to the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
    “Thousands of miles from Beijing, we are gathered to remember this history and pass it from elders to youth,” says Mabel Tung, the chair of the Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement.
    “We are the legacy of Tiananmen Square. And we will not forget.”
    Thirty years ago, China’s military clamped down on student pro-democracy protests in Beijing and across the country in what is now known simply as June 4.
    An official death count was never released but is estimated in the thousands.
    After the massacre in 1989, Tung’s organization held hunger strikes, marches and protests in solidarity with the protesters killed.
    They still meet every year at the Goddess of Democracy on the UBC campus, which is modelled after a similar statue built by students during the original demonstration.

    It’s a ceremony that could never take place in China, where any mention of the massacre is censored.
    “It’s virtually impossible on the internet in China to ever use the numbers six and four together,” said Diana Lary, a professor of Chinese history at UBC. “They’ll be immediately deleted.”
    Lary was in China when the crackdown happened. She remembers comforting crying colleagues and riding an otherwise empty train to the embassy on the way to evacuate. But most of all, she remembers the anger.
    “I still feel that sometimes,” she said. “I felt this profound anger that the government dared do that in the middle of this lovely city.”
    When Tung heard the news, she was in the middle of a night shift as a nurse at Vancouver General Hospital. She and hundreds of other Vancouverites went straight to the Chinese consulate the next morning to protest.
    “Before June 4, we all hoped that China might change to a democratic country,” said Tung. “After the massacre, the hope faded away and we had so much anger that the country would do something to its own people.”
    It’s a hope that has only drifted farther away. During the ceremony, Tung noted the case of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, two Canadians apparently detained in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver under an extradition order from the United States.
    Richard Lee is a former MLA and founding member of the society. As an elected official, he says he promoted trade with China because he thought it would promote the expansion of civil rights.
    “This way, people in China might understand issues here more,” he said.
    He still pays the price for his stance against the government. He says he was denied entrance to his home country several years ago and was told by border officials “you know what you did.”

    Lee says some colleagues told him Chinese Consul General Tong Xiaoling refuses to attend events where he is present. The consulate did not respond to a request for comment.
    The detainment of Spavor and Kovrig along with the continuing internment of the Uighurs, a persecuted Muslim minority in China’s Xinjiang province, leaves him little hope for democratic reform in China.
    “How can you claim to be ruled by law and then you’re not allowing someone being accused to see a lawyer to defend themselves?” he asked.
    Despite the setbacks overseas — and perhaps because of them — Tung says commemorating the massacre is more important than ever.
    “When you forget the piece of history, nothing will happen,” she said. “We have to remember this to pass it along to the next generation and the people around you and make sure it carries on. Once history is there, justice will be served.”
    The Goddess of Democracy itself is a reminder of how the memory of the massacre has persisted in the face of interference.
    When the statue was proposed the Chinese consulate originally penned letters to then-UBC President David Strangway demanding it not be allowed on campus and threatening to cancel programs between the school and China if the project continued.
    “This has survived in spite of the fact,” said Lary. “It’s come down to younger people even though China has done as much as it possibly can to not allow anybody to remember it.”

  60. Summer of 1989 is my finest memories. Everybody took to the street of Shanghai. Protesters and regular people filled the evening Blvd. All the metro buses shut down. You can think and say whatever you wanted.

  61. 华盛顿邮报死妈。宣传工具。和他妈共产党比有过之而无不及。搞政治的都下地狱吧。人类里最肮脏的一小撮人。带领一大群傻逼炮灰打来打去

  62. History proved that Chinese government did the right thing! We didn’t reform our political structure when we reformed the economic system. And so that China has the fastest growth rate ever in the world!As a Chinese, we fully aware of what happened in that year.its not banned . But it won’t stop us love and trust our country!!!!!

  63. Recent events in HK just cleared China government's name on Tian'an men Square. more police dead in 1989, and it's looking exactly the same way in HK now. Let the world see what these students are doing to a city.

  64. Chinese ppl still want to share their personal data with their government. Fools or Naive…!!!

  65. Its like Japan ruled on China and after WW2.. China became like that old Japan and start torturing their own ppl.

  66. I"m reading the comments and I'm amazed everyone bypasses the photographer showing a murdered soldier and military vehicles set on fire…. They don't seem to get that's why the military started shooting. People in the western world are so brainwashed to think these were all "innocent protesters".

  67. China isn't China now if it wasn't for the decision to quash all the protestors. Yes…. someone has to sacrifice for the cause.
    N China has grown to be the world economic, trade powerhouse. It s not abt communism, totalitarianism, capitalism or whatever……. ism, but the sincere ideology to build a better world. Peace not war. Constructive n not destructive, humbleness n not egoism… Open up your mind to delete the……. destructive……. ism
    N WE R THE WORLD.

  68. These are, like communist propaganda, clearly western anti communist propaganda. I even doubt whether the narrators were actually there at the protests. I can sense a hint of a written script from which this narrators are reading from. No, I’m not a communist nor a communist sympathizer. I simply don’t believe these videos, especially western media made political videos.

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