In Rememberance of Tiananmen Square

Hello all. I’m not unusually inclined to use my site to talk about things outside the scope of science fiction, but once in a while I feel the need to break from this habit and dedicate my attention to current events. And today is one such day. For those who don’t already know, today is the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The day that Communist China chose to respond to a peaceful and democratic demonstration by sending in the tanks and murdering thousands of its own citizens.

And interestingly enough, in mainland China, a few events have culminated to mark the occasion. For starters, Chen Xitong, Beijing’s former mayor and the man who was in charge of the city when the massacre occurred, has released a book in which he expresses “regret” for the so-called crackdown. This book was written from the confines of his cell, as Chen is currently serving a 16 year sentence for corruption. For some, this represents one of the first indications that China might actually be opening up about this past incident and on the road to reform.

But of course, this won’t mean that the truth, the real truth of what happened will be acknowledged anytime soon. Much as in the Soviet Union, it took the collapse of the system for people to have access to the uncensored version of history. What’s more, expressing regret is just another way of saying “were sorry IT happened”, and not in any way an acknowledgment that criminal acts took place or those responsible are being held to account.

What’s more, the actual number of those killed is not likely to be acknowledged anytime soon. Ever since the massacre took place, China’s various administration continue to stick to their “official estimates” which were clearly low-balled. For monsters, this is a typical tactic: diminishing their holocausts wherever they don’t have the option of denying them!

In the meantime, China continues to maintain it’s policy of blatant hypocrisy. Officially, they maintain that the Chinese people remain behind the government and condone its response to the Tienanmen demonstrations. At the same time, the Square has been closed off, their internet censors are forbidding people from looking it up, and numerous activists have been arrested. Of course, they do this every year to mark this anniversary. And it’s really not surprising for a country that spends more on domestic surveillance and security forces than its foreign military to make these kinds of preemptive moves.

But as always, the contradiction is clear: China’s government maintains that it has the support of its people, but its behavior suggests they are scared shitless of them. And you know what, they should be! Because like it or not, the days of China’s Maoist government are numbered. They have tried to bribe their citizenry with economic growth and insisted that their presence is necessary to keep it steady and even, but the truth is, they face an impending catch 22 and know it. The more development they bring, the more outrageous their old world oppression seems. At the same time, they can’t stop developing the country, because that’s the only way they can hold on to power.

So I recommend everyone give the Chinese Communist Party a big ol’ middle finger today by doing what they seem to hate. Speak your mind, express your ideals, use the internet, conduct unfettered research. Be free and be sure to learn what you can about the massacre and China’s situation in today’s world. Information is the weapon, and we need to spread it around! Peace out!

19 thoughts on “In Rememberance of Tiananmen Square

    1. Why thank you, and yes I totally think so! In both cases, you’ve got people inspired by similar example to challenge regimes that have been in place for decades and are highly resistant to change.

      1. yeah, it’s just in the case of the latter, you gotta worry about a new, worse government taking the place of the old. That’s kind of the worry in regards to Egypt and its attitudes towards Israel.

      2. That’s true in any case, I’d say that with the concern over Egypt is just a case of selective worrying. At least when it comes to people over here. I would imagine people in Israel feel a little different about that!

      3. if you mean feelings in the USA, then Israel really doesn’t worry; even when our leaders views differ, America and Israel have common goals. It’s just Egypt’s been a longtime ally, but if anti-Israel factions take over, it could lead to violence.

  1. As a U.S. citizen I feel it is inappropriate for me to criticize other countries when the crimes and human rights abuses of my own country are fucking legion. It is well worth pointing out that the U.S., not China, is the undisputed, single greatest threat to humanity. The genius of the U.S. system is that it is able to hide and disguise its violence, but here’s a fun fact for you: the U.S. has more people languishing in prison than any other country in the entire world – yes, including China. Also, I wonder how many billions the U.S. spends on domestic surveillance? Surveillance drones, capable of being equipped with weapons systems are already flying over U.S. skies. And finally, another #1 for the good ‘ol U.S. of A., is the fact that it spends more on its military than the rest of the world combined!! How many countries has China invaded lately?

    The Western media had a field day with the Tiananmen Square incident. The number of deaths and many of the actual events of the “massacre” are in dispute. Let’s not help the U.S. ruling class in its propaganda efforts to demonize China. China has no fleets off the coast of California, but the U.S. is growing it’s military presence all around China. Fight where you stand! We do no service to our fellow proletarians in China by preparing U.S. public opinion for a catastrophic war with China.

    1. No offense, but that sounds like a little too ideosyncratic for me. I don’t see how criticizing this is in any way diminishing the US’ crimes, I also don’t how withholding criticism helps the Chinese regime. I think its the responsibility of every citizen in the world to call out criminal acts regardless of where they happen. This in turn bolsters the common cause of freedom.

      As for invasions, China remains a disputed presence in both Tibet and Xinjiang province, where the minority Uyghur population and majority Tibetan population have been brutally repressed for decades. China also openly brags about how it has a fraction of the US’ crime rate, but that’s only because the population is cowed and the real crimes are perpetrated by the government.

      And yes, the death toll is in dispute, but only because China’s government suppressed the information. Still, realistically it was in the thousands so I don’t see how the word massacre needs to be put in quotation marks.

      1. Your points are well taken. I don’t watch the news so I can’t really say, but I imagine the Western media also made sure to mark this anniversary. They’ve got it covered and they don’t need any help. China’s crimes are well known in the West; the awful crimes of the West, most notably the U.S., are not so well known. Let’s bring more of these crimes to light.

        While we’re on the topic, I hope sincere Leftists are not falling for the media hype/propaganda on Syria. It’s beyond hypocrisy for the the U.S. media to call out Syria or any other nation for human rights abuses. Some of these abuses may be real (but exaggerated), but all you have to do is imagine what the U.S. would do once the mind control began to fail and the establishment really felt that their rule was under threat. We know the answer. By the way, U.S. and other Western special forces are in Syria stirring the pot and preparing the way for regime change. You can bet your ass on it.

        Anyway, I’ve said my piece. This is your blog, so I give you the last word. By the way, congratulations on the success of your blog. It looks like it’s really taking off. I do enjoy it, myself. Keep up the good work!

  2. Reblogged this on Unnecessary Words and commented:
    Mittens Romney recently said that Russia was the United States’ biggest geopolitical foe; but I’m pretty sure it is actually Canada. They look like us (just paler), dress like us (just warmer), sound like us (just, off) and could infiltrate our borders with ease. But in all seriousness; history must be learned or we are doomed; doomed to repeat it. This fantastic post by Matt Williams of http://www.storiesbywilliams.com reminds us that we should never allow injustice to pass unspoken.

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