Tiananmen Square – 20 Years Ago

Twenty years ago today the Tiananmen Square protestscame to and end. Chinese government tanks cleared Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. In Beijing, the resulting military response to the protesters by the PRC government left many civilians dead or severely injured. The number of deaths is not known and many different estimates exist.  There were early reports of Chinese Red Cross sources giving a figure of 2,600 deaths, but the Chinese Red Cross has denied ever doing so.  The official Chinese government figure is 241 dead, including soldiers, and 7,000 wounded.

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The Chinese Government has reportedly shut down most media coverage of the anniversary, including shutting down access to blogs.

On this day, please take a moment to remember the brave Chinese citizens who stood up to tyranny, and were gunned down for their trouble.

  1 comment for “Tiananmen Square – 20 Years Ago

  1. lefty
    June 3, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Well they may be oppressive – but thanks to WJ Clinton, most of Congress & greedy Wall Street Bankers – they’ve got “Permanent Normal Trade Relations,” & if not your job (yet), likely your neighbors …

    Trying to find goods Made in the USA, or even, not “Made in China” takes real work, & in some cases, is (next to?) impossible.

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