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Remember Tiananmen?

June 3, 2009

June 4, 1989 seems so long ago, but for some the memory of Tiananmen is very clear–and real.

I remember this as being one of a number of events that year including the fall of the Berlin Wall. What I really remember is the image that appeared in every newspaper, magazine and on household TV screens. The image of the lone man, standing tall in front of communist might. Fighting for the right to speak out about everything that mattered.

 

A powerful shot, a brave unknown warrior open to different interpretations:

Tianamen Balakov

balakov

 Today, Tianamen Square receives visits from around the globe. It’s a place that brings tourists with cameras, families and kites. People flock here to see and photograph. Some come to remember. Superfically you could say this is a square full of laughter and fun, but underneath once you get by the security guards, x-ray machines and watchful eyes, there is an underlying sentiment: sacrifice.

bucknell

bucknell

What has changed in China as a result of Tianamen? Economically the country has changed, censorship as I found out recently, is still there. Freedom of the press is not total. While older generations remember, younger generations do not. 

It felt oddly strange walking around the square in the early evening watching crowds form ready to see the flag being lowered for the evening. An almost carnival atmosphere. Perhaps this is a positive thing; people and time move on.

Caffeinated Traveller

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3 Comments
  1. Bear permalink
    June 11, 2009 12:33 pm

    I remember those days … it was a tumultuous time for democracy seekers and not only in China.

    But is was Tianamen where people suffered the most for their cause I would think.

    I think that they lost the day but gained significant strategic goals since China quickly changed economics and politics — albeit they kept the Tianeman leaders quashed for years and years after that — and remeberance of those who were lost.

  2. June 12, 2009 6:36 am

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  3. Cate permalink
    June 12, 2009 5:25 pm

    Bear- I agree with that, they have made leaps and bounds and it’s good to see that the chinese govt’s censorship rules are being challenged these days.

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