The communist government in China for the past 30 years has denied that it every happened. There was nothing to see. There was no massacre. Except that there was. On the evening of June 3rd, 1989, and on into the early morning of June 4, thousands of Chinese communist soldiers shot and ran over with tanks thousands of Chinese protesters. The Chinese Red Cross that night issued a statement that some 2,600 people had been killed. Of course, that statement was retracted shortly thereafter.
What brought this on? In April Hu Yaobang, a former leader in the Chinese communist party, died. He was seen by many in China as a reformer…as a man who wanted to pull back on the totalitarian power
of the state and allow more freedom. On April 22nd at his state funeral, thousands of young people started gathering in Tiananmen Square to celebrate his life…and to protest against their totalitarian state. Tianamen Square is on one end of the famous “Forbidden City” where the emperors lived. On the far end is Mao’s Tomb (he is still there, under glass, today). On one side is a museum, and the other side is the Great Hall of the People (their “legislative” body where the Chinese Communist Party meets). In the middle is the “Liberation Tower” (an obelisk-like structure) that celebrates the victory of the Communists in 1949.
In that square gathered hundreds of thousands of ordinary Chinese people who just wanted freedom. They were loyal, patriotic, proud Chinese. All they wanted was freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association. They wanted the police state off their back. Crazy ideas, huh?
Millions joined in protest marches throughout the streets of Beijing, and numerous other cities that April and May. In June, the totalitarians in charge decided to crush the “rebellion”–as they saw
it. You can see the photos of mangled bodies crushed with their broken bicycles. You can watch the videos of Chinese troops moving in with their automatic rifles firing. You can still see the unarmed
people fleeing with the bloody bodies of their friends. (I saw it all on June 4, 1989 on TV. You can still see the videos on the internet today.) The Chinese army moved in, mowed down the protesters, and then fanned out across the country to hunt down all who were involved.
Of course, none of that happened, declares the all-powerful Chinese communist party.