4th June 1989

June 4, 2009

I am sure most people remember this picture.

Tianasquare

It is the picture of an unknown man halting the tanks near Tiananmen Square on 4th June 1989.

It was the day when students and intellectuals gathered at the square to protest against the Chinese government and to mourn the death of pro-market, pro-democracy and anti-corruption official Hu Yaobang. By the eve of Hu’s funeral, 1,000,000 people had gathered on the Tienanmen square. The protest culminated into a massacre, due to the military response from the government, with 2,600 deaths, though Chinese officials to this day deny these numbers.

Today is the 4th June 2009, and it has been 20 years since then. Still the government doesn´t seem to have gotten to terms with it. While the world remembers the horrible events Chinese officials and their helpers blocking internet sites and do everything they can to obstruct the news coverage from reporters. This video from CNN shows, how plainclothes policeman try to block out the camera by holding umbrellas in front of the lens. Another reporter speaks about censored internet sites and other obstructions.

CNN Video

This is unbelievable. I can´t understand how a civilised nation can think they can get away with something like this. Nations make mistakes, they are ruled by the wrong people and have a history they should be ashamed of, but the only way to make it better is to come to terms with it, and try to improve things in the best possible way. A nation with such an (economical) power like China just can´t afford to act like this. I wonder if China will ever let go of the fear, to lose control and by that actually have a stronger position with their citizens and change the perception the world has of their country.

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