Thursday, June 04, 2020

Lest We Forget

In the late hours of June 3rd. Deng Xiaoping  commanded that his troops crush the tens of thousands of young people gathered at Tiananmen Square in Beijing using whatever force was necessary. 

Soldiers in huge numbers then descended into Tiananmen Square. Their trucks and tanks simply ran over protestors and the crowd was subjected to indiscriminate machine-gun fire. It’s not known how many protesters were killed.  Troops used bulldozers to push bodies into heaps, doused them in petrol, and then burned them up. Those who did not die in the actual assault on Tiananmen Square, but were systematically rounded up by the military and many more killed in the following weeks,  “shot while trying to escape” or that they “fell down the stairs.” The British ambassador to China at the time estimated that over 10,000 people – mostly students – were killed in consequence of the Tiananmen Square action.

Tiananmen Square was not a singular aberration or strategic error on the part of the Chinese Communist State. Violence has been explicitly built into its structure from the outset.

 Mention of the event remains absolutely forbidden in all Chinese media. Any reference to it on the internet is immediately taken down, while harsh punitive measures are meted out to any in China who would dare to raise the issue.

What has been done with the history of Tiananmen Square has, in the two decades since, been repeated in the matter of “re-educating” over one million Uyghurs detainees in Xinjiang and the reported “harvesting” of organs from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience for use by transplant surgeons throughout China. As well as the suppression of the Hong Kong protests.


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