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Thirty Years After Tiananmen Square: Can the Billion Prevail? | Progressive.org

Editor’s Note: In a rare public statement on one of the most notorious incidents in his country’s history, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe told reporters in Singapore Sunday that the decision to crack down on protesters in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, was “correct.” He cited China’s prosperity today as a vindication of his government’s actions in using the army to break-up and suppress a peaceful protest.

China does not plan to have any official commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of this bloody event, which has been all but suppressed from memory. The event remains a signpost in the evolution of the right to speak and assembly, not just in China but around the world. Since Tiananmen, the world has experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall; disruption of global trade talks in Seattle, Cancun, and Genoa; and the signature occupation of Egypt’s Tahrir Square during the “Arab Spring”, none of which resulted in as great a loss of life as that Sunday morning in 1989.

Source: Thirty Years After Tiananmen Square: Can the Billion Prevail? – Progressive.org

See ALSO this story in Waging Nonviolence, Chinese students and workers are uniting again, 30 years after Tiananmen Square crackdown

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