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Remembering Tiananmen Square 22 Years Later

June 4, 2011

Not a whole lot of news coverage of this today, at least not that I have seen. And of course China censors all print/online discussion of the tragedy.

China continues its brutal crackdown on democracy protesters today:

Chinese security forces rounded up more government critics ahead of Saturday’s anniversary of the crushing of the 1989 pro-democracy movement centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, adding to an already harsh crackdown on dissent, activists said.

The Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, lashed out at the U.S. government over calls for a full accounting of the military assault on civilians 22 years ago, saying the issue was closed.

“A clear conclusion has already been made concerning the political turmoil that happened in the late 1980s,” spokesman Hong Lei was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.

Stricter measures against dissidents are routine on the June 4 anniversary, but this year coincide with the most sweeping suppression campaign in many years. Hundreds of activists, lawyers and bloggers have been questioned, detained or simply have disappeared in the four-month campaign that aims to quash even the possibility of a pro-democracy movement forming along the lines of those sweeping the Arab world.

Our ally.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2013 11:25 am

    The tanks remind me of when my brother plays halo.

  2. Joe permalink
    January 16, 2013 9:54 pm

    This is why the 2nd amendment is so important. It is also why the 2nd amendment is not just a gun rights amendment but an arms rights amendment. The people must have the power to stop the government from using force against them. These means they must have weapons that can rival the weapons the government has and not just guns and certainly not just guns with 7 or 10 round magazines. In this case handheld rockets could have been used to stop the tanks.

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