Today marks the 23rd anniversary of Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in Beijing, China. Inflation, a lack of career prospects, the fall of Eastern European communism, and political corruption, are all said to have fueled anger in China in 1989. Students led peaceful protests, but the government responded with force – arresting protesters, using violence that injured and killed at least hundreds, exercising strict control over media coverage, and aiming to erase the protest’s message altogether. To this day, Chinese government officials continue to monitor any activism or suppress commemoration of the events. I reported on the 20th anniversary: CHINATIANANMENMixdown
The U.S. State Department released a statement on the anniversary that angered Chinese officials, stating, “We encourage the Chinese government to release all those still serving sentences for their participation in the demonstrations; to provide a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing; and to end the continued harassment of demonstration participants and their families.”
Will Chinese government ever recognize the Tiananmen protests? What message does oppression of the memory send to the world? Is anyone in China reading this and can share comments?