Tiananmen Square, + 20


20 Responses to “Tiananmen Square, + 20”

  1. ZippySpincycle says:

    #2 Gandalf: Nobody knows: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tank_Man

  2. Takuan says:


    write your local China rep, mention Wang’s name. They treat prisoners better if they think the world remembers them.

  3. consideredopinion says:

    Remembering Tiananmen is important, but please, please, *please* don’t forget Burma, *again.*


    Aung San Suu Kyi is in Kangaroo Court, and her verdict is conveniently scheduled for Friday.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Please sign the Amnesty online petition to ask the Chinese government to reveal the truth about Tiananmen at http://www.protectthehuman.com/tiananmen

    we still don’t know exactly how many people died during the Tiananmen crackdown. Families of the dead and disappeared are not allowed to mourn their love ones in public.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’d had a very nice day for my 20th birthday. The next day, I heard that the protesters in Tiananmen Square had been massacred by the Chinese government.

    So, I remember the Tiananmen Square Massacre every year.

    As far as I’m concerned, the Chinese Communist Party is irredeemably corrupt.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Tank Man lives. Updates of this iconic image are all over the Web today. Here, for example:


  7. Anonymous says:

    Here are the instructions for how to make Tank man Tango, a memorial for Tiananmen Square made of dancing people in cities around the world:
    (also online in Cantonese, German and Mandarin)

    In Sydney the memorial included 70 people dancing for 90 minutes:

    footage of people making the Tiananmen Memorial on 4 June in Brussels:

    Some people making the dancing vigil in Bristol:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i569iMX7cBc&feature=related… Read More

    In Weimar:

    Streaming from Auckland, Hobart, Brisbane, Singapore, Belgrade, Dunkerque, Brussels, and Richmond, Virginia:

    More coming, from many more cities. http://www.forget2forget.net

  8. John Mark Ockerbloom says:

    Rebecca MacKinnon is also the author of the 2006 report, “Race to the Bottom”: Corporate Complicity in Chinese Internet Censorship. You can download it from Human Rights Watch’s website, and learn about how some well-known US tech firms are helping keep discussions like this one hidden from many readers in China.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Shen Tong, one of the student protestors, was a guest on BBC World Service’s show “Interview”.


    From the show’s description:
    Shen Tong was one of the young Chinese student leaders in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
    In the bloody aftermath he fled to the United States and became an activist in exile.
    Now at the age of 40 he runs a software company in New York and has made a handful of visits back to Beijing.
    So how does he look back on those heady events, twenty years on?


  10. MadMolecule says:

    NYT photo blog has a never-before-released photo from street-level that day, in which you can see Tank Man in the background. It’s pretty stunning: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/04/behind-the-scenes-a-new-angle-on-history/

  11. Poustman says:

    My understanding is that the incidents we generally think of when we think of “Tianamen Square” are virtually unknown by most Chinese people, and that this is due to a deliberate act of forgetting spearheaded by the government.

    Many witnessed that historical incident, but many now deny it ever occurred.

    Similarly with the Holocaust: many witnessed it, but years later, many deny it ever happened.

    Both these events occurred, and “proving” so to those who deny them is more than difficult: it is _impossible_, because the deniers reject the means of proof. They could easily argue that videos of T Square could have been made via CGI, or filmed on a soundstage or in LA, etc. Documents, photos of the Holocaust could have been doctored or concocted. Personal anecdotes and memories are not accepted as proof.

    I– and most of us here– would furiously reject such reprehensible thinking. We know that proof for historical events exists but that it is of a completely different nature than many other kinds of proof.

    Massacres at Tianamen Square, or the murdering of millions of Jewish people and others during WWII, don’t tend to happen. They are anomalies. But they did happen once.

    Denying that these events happened is a crime against all of our humanness, an insult to all our intelligence, and a smear on all our integrity.

  12. subliminati says:

    Here’s a little memorial graphic I made, if anyone wants to have a look or post it somewhere else.


  13. gandalf23 says:

    What happened to the guy in the white shirt?

  14. Anonymous says:


    No offense but I think China is a little beyond petitions. Under normal circumstances I think petitions are nearly useless but in the face of China’s institutional suppression of human rights I think useless is not a strong enough word. As long as we’re still funneling money to their country by buying their wears they have no reason to change. And I don’t see us voluntarily quelling our wasteful purchases anytime soon.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Best commentaries on this, IMO:

    Susan Shirk, “Tiananmen’s Legacy”: http://www.asiasociety.org/resources/0906003_oped_tiananmen.html

    Nick Kristof, “Bullets Over Beijing”:

  16. Anonymous says:

    Article on misrepresentation behind dirty dirty registration wall.

  17. Lester says:

    Is this where we’ll see the hordes of Tiananmen apologists come out to defend the Chinese gov’t and twist the conversation to be about Kent State or other American misdeeds?

    Give ‘em time, they must be busy today.

  18. cinemajay says:

    Tank Man has a Facebook page:


    /not sure if it’s his or just a fan page

  19. cinemajay says:

    More on Tank Man from Wikipedia:


    /sorry for the double post!

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