Wednesday, June 04, 2008
19 Years Later: Tienanmen Square
Today marks the 19th Anniversary of the Tienanmen Square crackdown by the Chinese against protesters. That bloody crackdown included thousands of arrests, with many never to be heard from ever again.
The Chinese government has made it quite difficult, if not impossible, for the Chinese to learn about what happened at Tienanmen Square. They've blocked searches on the subject and do not teach it in school.
The situation today is unchanged last year or two years ago, as the Chinese government conducts surveillance and had police and security out in force to thwart any kind of remembrance in the Square itself.
That man's identity has never been conclusively determined. His whereabouts are likewise unknown, but most human rights groups believe he was imprisoned and killed.
This video shows the violent crackdown in action:
China is being urged to release those prisoners still being held in connection with the uprising before the Olympics.