On June 4, 1989, just 19 years ago, within sight of the 2008 Olympics Village, hundreds civilians were shot dead by the Chinese army during a bloody military operation to crush a democratic protest in Peking’s (Beijing) Tiananmen Square.
The Chinese people and the world understand how important the site is as China puts it’s best foot forward to the rest the world during this 29th Olympiad. The 4-5 billion other people on our planet are seeing China’s potential as the global economies largest player.
I have been lucky to see so many tremendously historical events, especially in the late 1980’s with the end of “The Cold War”. China will be the most productive economic powerhouse in the world.
This will likely happen very quickly. Currently China is the third largest economy in the world, behind China and the United States.
I think in a decade, the U.S. will see many more tourists from China as millions “get upped” and find better lives in the overcrowded, polluted cities (growing pains, nothing more; they’ll get the smog situation figured out, I’m sure).
I, for one love to see the Chinese people prosper. It’s the dream of democracy and capitalism.
Hard work, teamwork, being a productive human are just a few of the virtuous qualities of an free, democratic, capitalist society.
Something has been missing in American society for many decades. Maybe it’s a work ethic thing or maybe it’s more of the idea that what people can accomplish together is exponentially greater than anything an individual might be able to accomplish.
China will have it’s struggles and they will be many. But they helped us build our railroad and I know they can overcome anything.
Go China!!! Go U.S.A.!!!Beijing summer Olympic Games 2008
“It happened in the 80s”
Very popular video of the Protest in 1989.
Here’s an excerpt from the BBC News from June 4, 1989:
1989: Massacre in Tiananmen Square
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.
As tanks rumbled through the capital’s streets late on 3 June, 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.
Demonstrators, 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”.