04 June 2008
On this day in 1989...
June 4, 1989.
Oppressed Beijing University students demanding democracy in their tightly-governed, communist nation supposedly known as the "People's Republic of China". They were able to protest all the way until that very tragic day.
The Chinese Communist Government sent troops and tanks, killing thousands of innocent Chinese in the process.
Any sane person would think that this is an act of evil for which China owes an apology. But the result? Communist censorship press denial - you are able only to know about this incident if you have access to non-mainland China media. Try searching about Tiananmen square incident or June 4 or wherever on Google China, you get nothing.
Fast forward 19 years, June 4, 2008.
The Summer Olympics are coming to Beijing - the same city in which the bloody Tiananmen massacre took place.
Many people have shown concern over the Olympics taking place in a Communist country recently hurt by big snowstorms and an earthquake.
But the big story today is Barack Obama becoming the Democratic candidate for this year's U.S. presidential election. On today's ABC World News Tonight with Charles Gibson, the "Top Stories" lead segment has NO mention at all about Tiananmen...on the June 4 of the year of the Beijing Olympics!!
After watching the Obama story, I took out my parents' old videotape of the Koppel Report from ABC back in '89 and watched Ted Koppel's cutting-edge coverage of the weeks before and the day of the massacre, with all the shouting, night lights, tank fires, and bloody bodies and all that. I did the same back on the June 4 of 2004 and 2007. It is especially important to me since I'm mainland Chinese, and my parents (and the vast, vast majority of other Chinese Americans) came to America to seek freedoms that Communist China would never, ever, ever provide.
As the Olympics come in August, remember Tiananmen. Demand that China apologize for denying democracy.