TIANANMEN SQUARE REMEMBERED
In the United States, we have just remembered our military men and women who died for democracy on Memorial Day. Let us also remember those men and women who were imprisoned and died when they stood up to the Communists for freedom in their country of China. It has been 32 years since this massacre by the people’s government for standing up for freedom. Freedom costs…it is NEVER FREE.
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|Date||April 15, 1989 – June 4, 1989;|
32 years ago
(1 month, 2 weeks and 6 days)
|Location||Beijing, China and 400 cities nationwide Tiananmen Square|
|Caused by||Death of Hu YaobangEconomic reformInflationPolitical corruptionNepotismThird wave of democracy|
|Goals||End of corruption within the Communist Party, as well as democratic reforms, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of association, democratic input on economic reforms|
|Methods||Hunger strike, sit-in, occupation of public square|
|Resulted in||Enforcement of martial law declared by Premier Li Peng in certain areas of Beijing executed by force from June 3, 1989 (declared from May 20, 1989 – January 10, 1990, 7 months and 3 weeks)Civilians – including bystanders, protesters (mainly workers), and rioters barricading the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops – shot by the PLA at multiple sites in Beijing Hundreds to thousands killed, thousands wounded inside and outside Tiananmen Square Several soldiers killed, thousands wounded by rioters on June 3 to 4 after civilians were killed on June 3 More protests across China in reaction to the crackdown Protest leaders and pro-democracy activists later exiled or imprisoned Rioters charged with violent crimes were executed in the following months Zhao Ziyang purged from General Secretary and PolitburoJiang Zemin, previously Party Secretary of Shanghai, promoted to General Secretary and paramount leader by Deng Xiaoping Western economic sanctions and arms embargoes on the People’s Republic of China Operation Yellowbird started Market reforms delayed Media control tightened Freedom of speech restricted Political reforms halted|
This year, 2021, Protests are forbidden in Hong Kong. Vigil goers fear they may never again be allowed to congregate for an event seen as a potent symbol of Hong Kong’s autonomy from Beijing.
The video below was released when Mike Pompeo was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. A former U.S. Army officer, Pompeo was the 70th United States Secretary of State from 2018 to 2021. (Produced in 2019)
The Chinese people will not see this blog. Their reeducation and concentration camps are still there to make certain that another Tiananmen Square does not happen.
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