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Commemorations were held in Taiwan and elsewhere today ahead of the 27th anniversary of China's bloody crackdown on pro-de
Chinese police have charged seven activists who held a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crack
President Xi Jinping today defended the one-party rule in China saying the "world will be too boring" if all cou
As the world marked the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown today, the US pressed China to account for thos
China today denounced Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama for his call for Beijing to join the mainstream of gl
China today blamed an unprecedented "terrorist attack" by knife-wielding assailants at a railway station that ki
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Fifteen people, including 11 terrorists, were killed in a suicide attack today by Islamic militants in China's volatile Xi
President Xi Jinping was today appointed as the head of China's first National Security Commission (NSC), further consoli
At least three people were killed and two others injured today in three explosions set off by militants in China's volatil
Shuddhabrata Sengupta in Kafila:
... That day, I think I came of age, politically. It taught me, that the realities I held in the highest esteem could suddenly, over night reveal themselves to be monsters. There was no quicker way to grow up, suddenly... I was an undergraduate student in Delhi University at that time, and a member (not overly active) of the Students Federation of India, a front organization of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)...
...I recall my somewhat agitated conversation with a 'student leader' of the SFI.
"But Comarde, they (the students) were singing the Internationale (the Communist Anthem) and the party ordered tanks on them."
"Their is a difference between subjective conditions and objective conditions."
" But till yesterday they were our heroes, and you did not disapprove, and now you are calling them Imperialist agents."
“You don’t understand dialectics. ”
This was a form of dialectics that I have since then, chosen not to understand.
Read more at Kafila
Meanwhile, Prem Panicker shares a nostalgic chuckle as he details how he was responsible for what is likely the only front page of a newspaper, June 5, 1989, that did not carry any images, and/or stories, of what China calls the ‘incident’ at Tiananmen Square
1989 is remembered for the collapse of a number of communist governments around the world. But before the wall came tumbling down later in the year, there was also the mind-numbing shock of several hundred unarmed civilians shot dead by the Chinese army during a military operation to suppress a democratic uprising by young students in Tiananmen Square.
Here's a BBC report on the massacre. And, of course, the famous iconic video footage and photographs of a lone man in a white shirt standing in front of a column of tanks which were attempting to drive out of Tiananmen Square
Also See: History Channel's Declassified documentary
And now, 20 years later, as the anniversary approaches, China has blocked Twitter, Flickr and Hotmail. An Internet crackdown blocks "young generation" as a leading dissident is detained in Beijing:
In a statement distributed by the same organisation, the exiled former student leader Chai Ling appealed for the release of political prisoners, an independent investigation into the events and permission for former student leaders to return home.
"The current generation of leaders who bear no responsibility should have the courage to overturn the verdicts [on the protests]," said Chai, who now lives in the US and has not commented on the issue for several years. [Read more at the Guardian]
Also read, Jeffrey Wasserstrom in the Nation:
In April and May of 1989, people around the world were inspired by the protests in Tiananmen Square, then horrified when the June 4 massacre turned Beijing streets into urban killing fields. China has changed enormously in the twenty years since then, but the Communist Party's attitude toward 1989 has remained constant. It insists there were no peaceful protests and no "massacre," just "counterrevolutionary riots" that were pacified by soldiers who showed great restraint. It refuses to acknowledge the losses to relatives of the hundreds of victims, tries to keep young Chinese ignorant of what happened and encourages specialists in the West to stop dwelling on 1989.