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What Do the Chinese Know About The Tiananmen Square Massacre?

June 4, 2009

Discussion of the Tiananmen protests and killings is prohibited in China and its famously extensive censorship apparatus continues to block internet searches for information about anything that happened on June 4th, 1989. The BBC interviews young people about the infamous events to see what, if anything, they’ve been able to find out about what happened. Most people seem to have an idea that the army forcefully suppressed a group of peaceful protesters, but details remain elusive. Others, however, know little but the official party line:

As far as I know, the protests were peaceful at the very beginning. But then different kinds of people mixed into the group. Among them were some gangsters and people who were incited by anti-Chinese forces abroad.
They set fire to buildings and cars, some of them even took guns from the Liberation Army soldiers and burned some soldiers to death.
In order to maintain the social security and stability, the Chinese government sent troops and suppressed the riots.
Without the crackdown, China would be torn apart and we could not enjoy the happy life we are having now.
Of course, we need democracy. But I don’t think protesting, chanting slogans and punching the air with fists is the best way to bring about democracy. We are such a huge country, we should attain the goal step by step.

One Comment leave one →
  1. June 4, 2009 12:03 pm

    Unbelievable. Sadly though, not a surprise.

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