The 30 anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre was days ago, but discussions on WeChat and other social media are still blocked.
Its memory is widely associated with questioning the legitimacy of Communist Party rule and remains one of the most sensitive and most widely censored topics in China.
“Who gave them the right – to act against the Heavens?” many have stood out to challenge.
Because of government censorship and propaganda, most young people are unaware of what happened in the country 30 years ago, or most do not have the interest to learn about it.
But history remembers and takes the notes.
Simply put, the Tiananmen Square protests, commonly referred to in Chinese as June Fourth Massacre, started on 15 April of 1989 and were forcibly suppressed on the 4th of June when the government declared martial law and sent the military to crack down the protests.
Today we can easily search for videos of PLA troops with assault rifles and tanks firing at the demonstrators and those trying to block the military’s advance into Tiananmen Square. It was estimated that the death toll vary from several hundred to several thousands, with more wounded, although the Chinese government has tried hard to cover up or deny.
People may get the truth wrong when we refer the Tiananmen Square Massacre or Tiananmen Square Crackdown to just the series of events in Beijing with much of the violence along Chang’an Avenue and near the Muxidi area.
As a matter of fact, the protests and crackdown took place in many cities throughout China.
Chengdu was the most violent among other major cities. On the morning of 4 June, police forcibly broke up the student demonstration taking place in Chengdu’s main square. The resulting violence killed eight people, and injured hundreds. The most brutal attacks occurred on 5 and 6 June. Witnesses estimate that 30 to 100 bodies were thrown onto a truck after a crowd broke into the Jinjiang Hotel. According to Amnesty International, at least 300 people were killed in Chengdu on 5 June.
That was only one example. Still the CCP governments at all levels want to cover up things like these and they have succeeded in 30 years.
In political movements one after another in CCP’s 70 years of governance, Chinese mothers and children have suffered the most. And the Communist regime should be most condemned because of this.
The Tiananmen Mothers, a victims’ advocacy group founded by mothers whose children were killed during the crackdown, have identified 202 victims as of August 2011. The group has worked painstakingly, in the face of government interference, to locate victims’ families, collect information about them, and spread their message to the world.
Even after the crackdown, the vicious CCP regime has never stopped its efforts to track down those involved and activists who dare to speak out the truth.
The remaining student leaders were apprehended or persecuted. Those who escaped have mostly been denied re-entering China. Up to this day, the CCP government border security has kept a blacklist of thousands. Today, the Chinese government prefers to leave the dissidents in exile. Many have been denied a visa to return home and pay their last respect to their dying parents.
This is another humanitarian crisis. More CCP crimes are continuing, hard to take notes fully in paper.
“Who has given them the right – to stop a human being to go back to his homeland?” many have stood out to call.
Adding to its crimes, the CCP leadership has kept a blind eye to protests from the international community, human rights organizations, political analysts, and foreign governments. It has expelled foreign journalists, restricted press coverage on the protests, strengthened the police and internal security forces, and threatened anyone who has shown their sympathy to the victims.
For thirty year, the CCP government has sought to centralize control over the society and the economy besides a tightening censorship. The stupid leadership with President Xi as its core thinks if it can control people’s money and seal up their mouths, their governance will be stabilized.
Although public discussion of the events has become a social taboo in today’s China, history won’t move forward as they wish.
The events of Tiananmen in 1989 have become permanently etched in the public consciousness, not just in the heart of domestic Chinese, but also in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and outside China. What happened at the Tiananmen Square 30 years ago continues to have a strong impact on perceptions of China, its government, attitudes towards democracy, and the fate of the Communist Party.
Chinese are much inspired when CCP killer Guo Wengui said the June Fourth of 2020 will be celebrated as the National Day of a new China, no longer a day for commemoration of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
The CCP leadership wants to stop this from happening, but they no longer can.