21 June 2009

China, Iran, 20 years apart, same cause

June 4, 1989: Various college students and some ex-Communist Party members and others clash with the Chinese military after nearly one and a half months of protest for democracy. Soldiers wound and kill thousands and thousands of people. An uncooperative, secretive government prevents an exact number from being calculated. The academic and human rights community hasn't figured it out yet. As of today, the People's Republic of China has yet to become fully democratic, still, and it still downplays or bluntly denies the extent of the Tiananmen massacre.

June 21, 2009: Upset over the election of anti-Semitic, homophobic, anti-American, bigoted, nutty dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, thousands of Iranians take to the streets of Tehran despite warnings from supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Like the 1989 Tiananment protests, the military intervenes with firing squads and all that, and within a day there are 19 confirmed deaths and 150 unconfirmed.

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