‘It’s a reminder to those of us who live in democracies that as much as we gripe about the imperfect nature of the governments we live under, these freedoms are hard won and require eternal vigilance to keep.’
-TransGriot June 4, 2009
Back in May 1989 the world watched as student led demonstrations calling for greater democracy and an end to government corruption occupied Beijing’s Tiananmen Square as the world watched.
Then late in the evening on June 3 and into the early morning hours of June 4 the plug was pulled on the international television network’s live feeds. moments later PLA troops rolled into the square with trucks and tanks firing their weapons to brutally end the protests .
Estimates of the dead ranged from 200 to 1000 people as China was universally condemned for what happened. It also produced this iconic photo of a lone Chinese man stepping in front of a tank column before being taken away by police to a still unknown fate.
It’s now been 30 years since that fateful evening that impacted modern Chinese history. Despite their Chinese government’s diligent efforts to scrub it or suppress any knowledge that it happened inside the country , those of us outside of China ensure that the memory of what happened in 1989 never dies.
And we must keep the memory of what happened alive for future generations so that those persons who died in Tiananmen Square didn’t do so in vain.