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Source£ºFoshanNewsNetwork    Updated£º2020-08-13 22:31:35


It is thirty years ago in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. A call comes into a reporter. The Chinese Army is invading its capital. The reporter rushes to the scene. Students  and  workers had blocked the roads  to the Square. They tried to hold back the army. The army swept into the streets. Not long after arriving, the troops started to fire  automatic weapons into the crowd. Thousands?of  young people were in the  Square. They were some of the nation¡¯s best and brightest. They were full of passion and  idealism. They stood up to the army¡¯s machine guns. Then,  in an instant, they lay crumpled, bloody and lifeless on the ground. Before that evening, millions of Chinese had marched freely.  They  marched in cities across the country. They were denouncing corruption and asking for more democracy. Hope filled the air. Then came the soldiers  into the Square. They fired not only on the crowds but even on families watching in horror from balconies. Troops fired at ambulances rescuing the wounded. In effect,  winter  fell on China. It has not left in the  years since the army invaded the Square. Thirty years have passed since that bloody night. Beijing has patched up the bullet  pockmarks of bullets. It has repaired the  tank damage to the Square. China has erased the event from history. There has been no written record of the democracy movement and massacre. Many young Chinese have no idea that the Communist Party killed its own people. Life  was not easy for those surviving the massacre. The Chinese government made widespread   arrests of protesters and their supporters. It suppressed other protests around China. It ended free speech and a free press. An activist looked  back on this anniversary. China sent him to jail. They let him  out when they wanted a better relationship with the West. They jailed him again. He said, ¡°Within a few   years of the Tiananmen massacre, many Western  governments lifted their sanctions against China. The West had an engagement policy. It said that that trade and investment would  bring about democratic changes  in China.¡± He continued, ¡°It did not bring about liberal change. Western capital fattened the pockets of the Communist Party leaders. It gave them the power to prolong their rule. It did so by silencing dissent at home. By expanding the country¡¯s global clout.¡± The future? The Chinese Communist Party uses  technology and  repression  to control the people. The Party¡¯s power is growing. But are the Chinese people asleep? Are they willing to give up all freedom for  jobs? The threat to the Party comes from within and  without. Educated and working people may decide to add their voice to the affairs of the nation. The era of  the  West turning a blind eye to Communist crimes against its people may end. Some think because of the trade wars taking place today. China is the most authoritarian regime on the  planet. The Chinese  people and the West can help bring about change. Source: The New York Times June 1, 2019 Source: The New York Times June 1, 2019 )

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