Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Never Forget...

It was less than twenty years ago today that the protests in Beijing ended in bloodshed. The participants were mostly young people and students, and although they were not unified, they only wanted peaceful dialogue with their government:

The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 were a series of demonstrations led by students, intellectuals, and labour activists in the People's Republic of China (PRC) between April 15, 1989 and June 5, 1989.

Following the violence, the government conducted widespread arrests to suppress protestors and their supporters, cracked down on other protests around China, banned the foreign press from the country and strictly controlled coverage of the events in the PRC press. Members of the Party who had publicly sympathized with the protesters were purged, with several high-ranking members placed under house arrest, such as General Secretary Zhao Ziyang.

Link to Time article about the "The Unknown Rebel"

Thank you Yawen