‘Tiananmen Square Massacre – 30 Years Later’

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(08 Jun 2019)

(Draft:  Please return later as I add more photographs.)

(9 Jun 2019:  I added a variey of pictures to provide a sense of those days of Chinese Democracy Spring.)

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‘Tank Man’

Who among us will stand heroically when Crooked Drumpf sends his tanks down your city streets?

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(2019 06 04) Exhilerated Man Raised (Cultura Colectiva) 61740615_661079637693399_3126941675608342528_nThis is one of those ‘Where were you when …’ events.  Three decades later.

Throughout the weeks during May and June 1989, I remember going to work listening to the radio news and then watching the TV news each night.  China is really gonna do it – become a free Democracy.

Then bam!  It was all gone.

– Forever eliminated from Chinese history.

– Suppressed in international history.

– Ignored in American education.  No wonder – Papa Bush – the American inside Chinese politics.

(2019 06 07) Selfie at Tiananmen Square (January 2016) img_00942-e1452440328727Paying homage to the Democracy students was the reason that I had to make my stop at Beijing, rather than any other stop offered by the airlines, and one reason why I travelled to Thailand.

I knew to keep my eyes open and my mouth shut – to play the dumb tourist.  I didn’t need to be arrested and imprisoned.

We know that the Chinese government has identified every person in these photographs.

My curiosity is about each one, three decades later:

– Where are they now?

– How did they escape the tyranny?

– How are their families enduring behind the Bamboo Curtain?

As for the people today who were there anonymously,(2019 06 04) Flags At The Pillar (Cultura Colectiva) 62104914_664392573987575_1000117155309551616_n

– How do they deal with the oppression knowing what they witnessed?

– What do they think about their nation and society?

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From the CBS News report:

Tiananmen Square survivor reflects 30 years later: “I’m heartbroken”

June 4, 2019 / 7:46 AM / CBS News

On June 4, 1989, Chinese tanks rolled into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to crush a student-led protest movement calling for greater political freedom. To this day, the death toll remains in dispute, but it is believed thousands may have been killed.

(2019 06 04) Whole Column (AJ) 64330937_319384788982350_5909540232365080576_nCBS News’ senior foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer returned to Tiananmen Square 30 years later, to find its bloody history erased by modern China.

Wu’er Kaixi, who at the time was 21 and was one of the main student leaders of the protests, managed to escape the violence.

“I am the survivor of a massacre,” he told Palmer. “I have to live with the guilt.”

Although he and the students knew the government was threatened by demands for reform, he said, he thought there was “no way” it would come to “real ammunition and tanks rolling over people.”

“You never dreamed it would come to that?” Palmer asked.

“No, no, no, no,” he responded.

(2019 06 04) Coming Toward Me (AJ) 62230536_2389975527761594_1343139464343453696_nTiananmen Square is now a tourist attraction under 24/7 surveillance. Clusters of cameras, for example, are disguised as lamp posts. And the square has been completely scrubbed of anything that might recall the events of 1989.

In fact, the government has so successfully written them out of history, that some young people didn’t recognize the most famous Tiananmen picture of a man standing in front of a column of tanks.

“[The] Communist party is extremely nervous about people learning the fact of what happened, which is people stood up and challenged the government,” Wu’er Kaixi said.

To make sure it never happened again, the party introduced sweeping economic changes that transformed China into a dynamic power. But at its core, it remains an authoritarian police state.

“We failed miserably,” he said. “Let’s face it, they are exchanging our economic freedom with our political freedom.”

(2019 06 04) Gunfire (AJ) 62320425_320885218843752_5049193952956121088_nThe young idealist paid a personal price: he spent the next three decades in exile.

“I haven’t been able to see my parents for the last 30 years,” he said, adding “I cannot go back to China and they denied them traveling abroad.”

“That’s quite a price to pay,” Palmer said.

“I’m heartbroken for that,” he responded.

He’s also heartbroken for the reform movement, once so full of hope, that’s now utterly crushed.

First published on June 4, 2019 / 7:46 AM

© 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright © 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved.

(https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tiananmen-square-survivor-wuer-kaixi-reflects-on-30-year-anniversary-im-heartbroken/)

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From this CBS News report:

Tiananmen Square, 30 years later

June 2, 2019 / 10:16 AM / CBS News

The enduring image of a lone man confronting Chinese tanks has come to stand for the bloody showdown between thousands of protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, and hardliners in the Communist Party who ordered in the army.

A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing’s Cangan Blvd. in Tiananmen Square, June 1989. The Chinese government crushed a student-led demonstration for democratic reform and against government corruption, killing hundreds, or perhaps thousands of demonstrators. AP Photo/Jeff Widener

On June 4, 1989, soldiers surrounding the square started shooting.

Wuerkaixi, one of the student leaders, managed to escape. Thirty years later, banned from China and living in exile, he’s still haunted.

“I am a survivor of a massacre,” he said. “We just thought they were going to send in a group of police with their, you know, batons.”

In fact, they sent in troops and tanks. Hundreds – maybe thousands – died.

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Chinese army tanks break up the protests. CBS News

Posing as tourists, correspondent Elizabeth Palmer and her crew visited Tiananmen Square, still such a sensitive location that visitors have to show ID just to get in.

There is nothing in this vast square to remind anybody of the events of 30 years ago – not a statue, not a monument, not even a tiny plaque. The events of June 4, 1989 have been erased from Chinese history.

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Correspondent Liz Palmer in Tiananmen Square today. CBS News

When Palmer showed some of the Tiananmen photos to random young Chinese passers-by, they did not recognize what country they were taken in.

“Do you recognize this picture,” Palmer asked one man, shown a photo of the single man’s standoff against a cordon of tanks.

“No,” he replied.

Minutes later, the police showed up, then detained and held the CBS News crew for six hours.

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Correspondent Liz Palmer shows a Chinese woman a photo of the 1989 Tiananmen Square, attracting the attention of police. CBS News

(2019 06 04) BBC News What happened in the protests 62364478_362934351019870_7026176152448270336_nEven 30 years on, Tiananmen set a dangerous precedent, that “People stood up and challenged the government [for the first time] in the history of the People’s Republic of China,” said Wuerkaixi.

But they lost.

In the end, the Communist Party didn’t give an inch on democratic reforms.

To Wuerkaixi, the young hunger-striker who risked his life on Tiananmen Square, it hurts.

Palmer asked, “Are you a heartbroken man?”

“Yes, yes,” he replied. “I have to live with the guilt.”

“I suppose there are two ways to see it: You were part of a great and noble cause; you were also part of a great and noble failure,” said Palmer.

“The noble part, I take a great pride,” he said. “And the failure, that’s something the whole country paid a great price for.”

See also:

China still quietly quashing dissent 30 years after bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown (CBS News, 5/31/19)

Remembering Tiananmen Square (CBS News, 6/03/99)

Lessons of Tiananmen Square (“CBS Evening News,” 3/04/05)

Tiananmen Square: “Great Firewall” all but hides anniversary of China massacre (CBS News, 6/4/13)

Story produced by Chris Laible and Agnes Reau.

First published on June 2, 2019 / 10:16 AM

© 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright © 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved.

(https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tiananmen-square-30-years-later/)

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From this account in photographs:

Looking back at Tiananmen Square

June 4, 2014 / 2:38 PM / CBS NEWS
Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
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June 4 marks the anniversary of the Chinese military’s 1989 crackdown in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, in which hundreds, possibly thousands, of unarmed pro-democracy protesters and onlookers were killed.

In this file photo, several hundred student protesters stand face-to-face with policemen outside the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square Beijing, as they take part in the funeral ceremony of former Chinese Communist Party leader and liberal reformer Hu Yaobang during an unauthorized demonstration to mourn his death, April 22, 1989.

Credit: Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images
Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
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Beijing students put flowers and wreaths in front of a portrait of former Chinese Communist Party leader and liberal reformer Hu Yaobang as thousands of students gathered at the foot of the monument to the People’s Heroes in Tiananmen Square during an unauthorized demonstration to mourn Hu’s death, April 19, 1989.

His death on April 15, 1989 triggered an unprecedented wave of pro-democracy demonstrations culminating in the massacre of demonstrators by the People’s Liberation Army in Tiananmen Square on the night of June 3-4, 1989.

Credit: Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images
Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
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Student display a banner with one of the slogans chanted by the crowd of some 200,000 pouring into Tiananmen Square in Beijing in an attempt to participate in the funeral ceremony of former Chinese Communist Party leader and liberal reformer Hu Yaobang during an unauthorized demonstration to mourn his death, April 22, 1989.

Credit: Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images
China Tiananmen March
Sadayuki Mikami/AP

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More than seven thousand students from local colleges and universities march to Tiananmen Square, Beijing, May 4, 1989, to demonstrate for government reform.

Credit: Sadayuki Mikami/AP
Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images

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Student hunger strikers from Beijing University relax as several hundred students stage a demonstration at Tiananmen Square.

They started an unlimited hunger strike as part of a mass pro-democracy protest against the Chinese government.

Credit: Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images
Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
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Several hundred students staged an unlimited hunger strike as part of a mass pro-democracy protest against the Chinese government.

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Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
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A first-aid nurse from a local hospital under the hospital banner to take care of exhausted student hunger strikers from Beijing University at Tiananmen Square as they entered the fifth day of a marathon hunger strike, May 17, 1989.

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Enthusiastic demonstrators are cheered by bystanders as they arrive at Tiananmen Square to show support for the hunger strike by students protesting for government reform, May 18, 1989, in Beijing, China.

Credit: AP Photo/Sadayuki Mikami
Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images

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Beijing, China

Beijing magistrates wearing court uniforms join workers demonstrating in Beijing streets in support of student hunger strikers gathered at Tiananmen Square, May 18, 1989.

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Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
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At dawn on May 19, 1989, Chinese Communist Party (CPC) Secretary General Zhao Ziyang (center) addresses the student hunger strikers through a megaphone in one of the buses at Tiananmen Square in Beijing where pro-democracy hunger strikers had been sheltered.

Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images
Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images

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Beijing, China

Armed soldiers of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) hide their faces when they are photographed in Beijing on their way to Tiananmen Square after the Martial Law was proclaimed in the capital, May 20, 1989.

Credit: Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images
FILE PHOTO: A military helicopter drops leaflets above Tiananmen Square in Beijing
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Beijing, China

A military helicopter drops leaflets above Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, May 22, 1989, calling for student protesters to leave the Square as soon as possible.

Credit: REUTERS

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The famous portrait of Chairman Mao looking out over Tiananmen Square, Beijing, from the Forbidden City, May 23, 1989, was spattered with paint during the continuing demonstration in the square.

Credit: Mark Avery/AP
Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images

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Beijing, China

Unidentified people cover a portrait of China’s Communist founding father Mao Zedong with a khaki canvas after it was defaced with a trail of blue, red and yellow paint at the Tiananmen Square, May 23, 1989. A banner on the bottom can read as “This is not done by students.”

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Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images

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A student shows off a stick to which is tied a broken bottle with the picture of Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping as thousands of demonstrators gathered in Beijing streets near Tiananmen Square during a rally to support the pro-democracy protest against the Chinese government, May 25, 1989. The name “Xiaoping” also means “little bottle.”

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Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images

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Students waving banners as they march in Beijing streets near Tiananmen Square during a rally to support the pro-democracy protest against the Chinese government, May 25, 1989.

Credit: Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images
Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images

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Beijing, China

A student from an art institute plasters the neck of a “Statue of Liberty,” a replica of New York’s Statue of Liberty, in Tiananmen Square. The statue was unveiled in front of the Great Hall of the People and the monument to the People’s Heroes to promote the pro-democracy protest against the Chinese government, May 30, 1989.

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FILE PHOTO: Pro-democracy demonstrators pitch tents in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square
Bobby Yip/REUTERS

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Pro-democracy demonstrators pitch tents in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, China, May 31, 1989.

Credit: Bobby Yip/REUTERS
Tiananmen Square
Mark Avery/AP

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Beijing, China

A man tries to pull a Chinese soldier away from his comrades as thousands of Beijing’s citizens turned out to block thousands of troops on their way towards Tiananmen Square early Saturday morning, June 3, 1989.

Credit: Mark Avery/AP
China Tiananmen Photo Gallery
Jeff Widener/AP

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A young woman is caught between civilians and Chinese soldiers, who were trying to remove her from an assembly near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, June 3, 1989.

Credit: Jeff Widener/AP
Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
Thomas Cheng/AFP/Getty Images

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Beijing, China

People Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers leap over a barrier on Tiananmen Square in central Beijing during heavy clashes with people and dissident students.

On the night of June 3rd and 4th, 1989, Tiananmen Square sheltered the last pro-democracy supporters. Chinese troops forcibly marched on the square to end a weeks-long occupation by student protesters, using lethal force to remove opposition it encountered along the way.

Credit: Thomas Cheng/AFP/Getty Images
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Beijing, China

Tanks enter Tiananmen Square. The “Beijing Spring” pro-democracy movement was crushed by Chinese troops when soldiers supported by tanks opened fire on demonstrators.

Credit: CBS News
Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
Manuel Ceneta/AFP/Getty Images

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Beijing, China

A girl wounded during the clash between the army and students near Tiananmen Square is carried out by a cart, June 4, 1989. Hundreds of demonstrators were killed in the crackdown as tanks rolled into the environs of the square.

Credit: Manuel Ceneta/AFP/Getty Images
China Tiananmen Photo Gallery
JEFF WIDENER/AP

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A student protester puts barricades in the path of an already-burning armored personnel carrier that rammed through student lines during an army attack on anti-government demonstrators in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, June 4, 1989. A government soldier who escaped the armored vehicle was killed by demonstrators.

Credit: JEFF WIDENER/AP
FILE PHOTO: An armoured personnel carrier crushes one of the tents set up on Tiananmen Square by pro-democracy protesters early Sunday morning in Beijing
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An armored personnel carrier crushes one of the tents set up on Tiananmen Square by pro-democracy protesters early Sunday morning in Beijing, June 4, 1989.

Credit: REUTERS
Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
Jeff Widener/AP

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A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing’s Cangan Blvd. in Tiananmen Square, June 5, 1989.

The man, calling for an end to the violence and bloodshed against pro-democracy demonstrators, was pulled away by bystanders, and the tanks continued on their way.

The Chinese government crushed a student-led demonstration for democratic reform and against government corruption, killing hundreds, or perhaps thousands of demonstrators in the strongest anti-government protest since the 1949 revolution.

Ironically, the name Tiananmen means “Gate of Heavenly Peace.”

Credit: Jeff Widener/AP
China Tiananmen Photo Gallery
Jeff Widener/AP

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Beijing, China

Chinese troops and tanks gather in Beijing on June 5, 1989, one day after the military crackdown that ended a seven week pro-democracy demonstration on Tiananmen Square. Hundreds were killed in the early morning hours of June 4.

Credit: Jeff Widener/AP
China Tiananmen A Journalist Remembers
Terril Jones/AP

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Beijing, China

In this June 5, 1989 photo, Beijing residents inspect a bus that was smashed by an armored personnel carrier when the Chinese army fought its way into Tiananmen Square.

Credit: Terril Jones/AP
Archival photos of Tiananmen Square
Manuel Ceneta/AFP/Getty Images

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The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) tanks guard a strategic Chang’an Avenue leading to Tiananmen Square, June 6, 1989.

Credit: Manuel Ceneta/AFP/Getty Images
China Tiananmen A Journalist Remembers
Terril Jones/AP

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Beijing, China

In this June 7, 1989 photo,

Chinese troops patrol the street on June 7, 1989, after the army fought its way into Tiananmen Square the night of June 3-4 to reclaim the square from student-led demonstrators.

Credit: Terril Jones/AP
FILE PHOTO: Tens of thousands of people participate in a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park
Paul Yeung/REUTERS

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Hong Kong

Tens of thousands of people participate in a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park, China on June 4, 2014, to mark the 25th anniversary of the military crackdown of the pro-democracy movement at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989.

The Beijing government heavily censors mention of the military crackdown on protesters – what the government generically refers to as the “June 4th incident.” The results from attempts to search “Tiananmen Square” on China’s heavily-monitored internet, or even keywords like “June 4” or “6-4-89,” are restricted. It is not mentioned in history books. An entire generation does not know its significance.

Credit: Paul Yeung/REUTERS
Taiwan Tiananmen Tank Art
Chiang Ying-ying/AP

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Taipei, Taiwan

A Taiwanese man takes a selfie with an inflatable tank man at the Liberty Square of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, June 1, 2019. An artist erected the inflatable display in Taiwan’s capital to mark an iconic moment in the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests on the 30th anniversary of the massacre.

Credit: Chiang Ying-ying/AP
Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe salutes at the IISS Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore
FELINE LIM/REUTERS

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Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe. Reuters reported that on June 2, 2019, Wei said, “Everybody is concerned about Tiananmen after 30 years. Throughout the 30 years, China under the Communist Party has undergone many changes – do you think the government was wrong with the handling of June 4th? There was a conclusion to that incident. That was a political turmoil that the central government needed to quell. The government was decisive in stopping the turbulence. That was the correct policy.”

Credit: FELINE LIM/REUTERS
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Tiananmen Square Today

CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer visited Tiananmen Square 30 years after the crackdown – still such a sensitive location that visitors have to show ID just to get in.

There is nothing in this vast square to remind anybody of the events of 30 years ago – not a statue, not a monument, not even a tiny plaque. The events of June 4, 1989 have been erased from Chinese history.

Credit: CBS News

First published on June 4, 2014 / 2:38 PM

Copyright © 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved.

Here’s the URL to these pictures:

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And this URL for more pictures from the CBS News archives:

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These words from a Republi-con at the 20 years mark:

‘Freedom is boring. Tyranny is interesting. China is free. News reporters are evil.’

– Dennis Prager, R (his radio show, Dec 2009)

And this spin from the Drumpfian faux snooze. That same bloviating now at the 30 years mark.

Read how he blames American Democracy and American reporters for China suppressing their history:

(https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nicholas-fondacaro/2019/06/03/real-press-oppression-cbs-crew-arrested-china-shared)

Real Press Oppression: CBS Crew Arrested in China, Shared Tiananmen Square Pics
By Nicholas Fondacaro | June 3, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

Tuesday marked the 30-year anniversary of the bloody Tiananmen Square massacre, when the Chinese government slaughtered upwards of thousands of student protesters demanding democracy. In true Orwellian fashion, the Chinese government had effectively erased it from their history and arrested a CBS News crew for showing pictures of the massacre to young Chinese citizens. Meanwhile, outlets in the U.S. claim President Trump was the Orwellian one and the danger to press freedom.

(2019 06 04) Arrested Woman (Cultura Colectiva) 61692566_320691018846728_2048636590590263296_nStanding in Tiananmen Square, CBS correspondent Elizabeth Palmer remarked that, “It is hard to imagine this vast square filled with passionate students demanding more freedoms. 30 years on, the Chinese government has erased every reminder of those events 30 years ago.”

“Pictures like this are banned from television and school textbooks,” she noted as the famous picture of a man staring down tanks flashed on the screen. She described how she spoke with young Chinese citizens she met on the street and they couldn’t identify anything about it.

Seeming to bring George Orwell’s 1984 to life, Chinese police descended upon Palmer and her crew. “Minutes later, the police showed up and we ended up in custody for six hours,” she recalled.

Meanwhile, on Monday morning, CNN legal analyst Jeffery Toobin was busy claiming President Trump’s spin regarding the spat with British royal Meghan Markle signaled we were living a “1984-like scenario.” Last time this author checked, Trump wasn’t locking people up for talking about his “nasty” comment and sending them to be re-educated.

Time magazine named journalists their Person of the Year back in 2018 because according to them: “[The] world is led, in some ways, by a U.S. President whose embrace of despots and attacks on the press has set a troubling tone.”

(2019 06 04) Megaphone Man (Cultura Colectiva) 62014724_451474325654813_6532484582489456640_nCNN has been so ludicrous with their hyperbole. Almost two years ago, CNN’s media janitor Brian Stelter suggested Trump was threatening the lives of his co-workers with a mean meme. Stelter had also used his “Reliable Sources” show to suggest the President was leading the world’s dictators on a global press crackdown, and formed a “hate movement” against the press like Stalin and Hitler. Hmm, he didn’t mention China.

Now, unlike communist China, the U.S. doesn’t have a state-run media (as much as CNN likes to claim that’s what Fox News is). Trump using his First Amendment right to criticize the press doesn’t constitute a threat or violence. What happened to CBS, now that was a threat and violence. Learn the difference.

The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

CBS Evening News
June 3, 2019
6:42:44 p.m. Eastern

DAVID BEGNAUD: It is already Tuesday, June 4th in China, the 30th anniversary of the brutal crackdown on a democratic movement in Tiananmen Square. Hundreds, maybe thousands of people were killed. Today the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, called for a full accounting of what happened, but China appears to be more interested in wiping it from history. Elizabeth Palmer went to Beijing.

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ELIZABETH PALMER: On June 4, 1989, weeks of demonstrations in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square ended in mass murder. [Gunfire] CBS cameras recorded Chinese soldiers shooting unarmed civilians, most of them students. Wu’er Kaixi, one of the student leaders, survived, but had the flee into exile.

WU’ER KAIXI: I am a survivor of a massacre.

PALMER: A massacre no one talks about in China. Posing as tourists, we went to Tiananmen Square, a landmark still so sensitive that even tourists have to show I.D. and there are surveillance cameras everywhere.

It is hard to imagine this vast square filled with passionate students demanding more freedoms. 30 years on, the Chinese government has erased every reminder of those events 30 years ago.

[Shows famous image of a man blocking tanks] Pictures like this are banned from television and school textbooks.

YOUNG WOMAN (Palmer spoke over): I’m not really clear about it.

PALMER: And it’s worked. We showed some of the photographs to young passers-by.

Have you ever heard of these events?

YOUNG MAN 1: I think not.

PALMER: No idea? What country?

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PALMER: Minutes later, the police showed up and we ended up in custody for six hours. In today’s China, consumerism and capitalism have eclipsed demands for political freedom. But Wu’er Kaixi, once a young hunger striker who risked his life for the cause, says Tiananmen still makes the Chinese Communist Party very nervous.

WU’ER KAIXI: Freedom is something once you taste, you get hooked on it very easily.

PALMER: Elizabeth Palmer, CBS News, Beijing.

BEGNAUD: Incredible story.

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ON THIS DAY 4 June Graphics version >> BBC News >>

1989: Massacre in Tiananmen Square

VIDEO : Kate Adie reports from the scene of the massacre

Several hundred civilians have been shot dead by the Chinese army during a bloody military operation to crush a democratic protest in Peking’s (Beijing) Tiananmen Square.

Tanks rumbled through the capital’s streets late on 3 June as the army moved into the square from several directions, randomly firing on unarmed protesters.

The injured were rushed to hospital on bicycle rickshaws by frantic residents shocked by the army’s sudden and extreme response to the peaceful mass protest.

(2019 06 04) BBC News How did the protests grow 62207507_723158694768024_522313210544521216_nDemonstrators, mainly students, had occupied the square for seven weeks, refusing to move until their demands for democratic reform were met.

The protests began with a march by students in memory of former party leader Hu Yaobang, who had died a week before.

But as the days passed, millions of people from all walks of life joined in, angered by widespread corruption and calling for democracy.

Tonight’s military offensive came after several failed attempts to persuade the protesters to leave.

Throughout the day the government warned it would do whatever it saw necessary to clamp down on what it described as “social chaos”.

But even though violence was expected, the ferocity of the attack took many by surprise, bringing condemnation from around the world.

US President George Bush said he deeply deplored the use of force, and UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said she was “shocked and appalled by the shootings”.

Amid the panic and confusion students could be heard shouting “fascists stop killing,” and “down with the government”.

At a nearby children’s hospital operating theatres were filled with casualties with gunshot wounds, many of them local residents who were not taking part in the protests.

Early this morning at least 30 more were killed in two volleys of gunfire, which came without warning. Terrified crowds fled, leaving bodies in the road.

Meanwhile reports have emerged of troops searching the main Peking university campus for ringleaders, beating and killing those they suspect of co-ordinating the protests.

In Context

(2019 06 04) BBC News What were the protets about 62165867_348633282510899_1874887515446444032_nThe demonstrations in Tiananmen Square have been described as the greatest challenge to the communist state in China since the 1949 revolution.

They were called to coincide with a visit to the capital by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, by students seeking democratic reform.

Troops were used to clear the square despite repeated assurances from Chinese politicians that there would be no violence.

It has been suggested that the Communist leader Deng Xiaoping personally ordered their deployment as a way of shoring up his leadership.

Hundreds, and possibly thousands, of people were killed in the massacre, although it is unlikely a precise number will ever be known.

Peking has since become more widely known as Beijing.

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