Tiananmen 20th Anniversary Coming Up

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© 1989 Hei Han Khiang

© 1989 Hei Han Khiang

As I’m sure many of you know, June 3-4, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1989 military crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square.

Two decades after the crackdown, about 50 people who were involved in the demonstrations are believed to remain in prison. The Chinese authorities continue to refuse to carry out an open, independent and impartial inquiry into the events of 1989, and no one has been brought to justice for their role in the crackdown. Attempts to mark the anniversary of the crackdown have been suppressed, and public debate or discussion of the events is banned.

This Thursday, Amnesty International is co-sponsoring an event on Capitol Hill to commemorate the 20th anniversary. Speakers will include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as survivors of the Tiananmen crackdown and other prominent faith, government and human rights leaders, as well as Amnesty’s own T. Kumar.

If you’re not in the DC area, there are lots of other events happening around the country and around the world this week. Get involvedkeep the memory of Tiananmen alive!

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4 thoughts on “Tiananmen 20th Anniversary Coming Up

  1. "pro-democracy" demonstrations – perhaps "pro-money" or "pro-money-rights" ;

    military "crackdown" – military action to maintain public order when all else fails;

    "believed to remain in prison" – believe in Chinese monkey-god? it was imprisoned for thousands of years by the celestial emperor to learn self-discipline;

    "independent and impartial inquiry" – what for? they have done one and made a conclusion; to do another one, who do you trust as "independent and impartial"?

    "no one has been brought to justice for their role in the crackdown." – enough have been brought to justice; that's why we have the monkey-god imprisoned for thousands of years story. The rest of them will answer to God, or what we called Heaven, or Celestial Emperor, or Grand-Daddy-In-Heaven.

    "the anniversary of the crackdown" – the anniversary of the sorrows that China had these rebellious sons; thanks for reminding us yearly that we do discipline them sufficiently;

    "public debate or discussion of the events is banned" – nobody wants to talk about rebellious sons;

    "survivors of the Tiananmen crackdown " – some of them owed the Chinese people an apology for disaster;

    Have you not read that Zhao Ziyang said, the PLA was attacked, not the other way, in his memoirs just published?

    I have posted the following comments elsewhere:

    Different perspective, looking at it from another angle. And then compare the two perspectives.

    See US declassified document: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB16/docu

    “thousands of civilians stood their ground or swarmed around military vehicles. APCs were set on fire, and demonstrators besieged troops with rocks, bottles, and Molotov cocktails.”

    One must ask: Who is attacking, and who is defending?

    Troops initially unarmed but have been driven back by protesters:
    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB16/docu

    Weapons of wars, terrorism and riots. Anti-tank weapons. http://www.winterwar.com/Weapons/FinAT/FINantitan

    Molotov cocktails have been used in the WW2 as anti-tank weapons.

    And protesters were fully armed with that, indicating that there were dark organized forces at work. You see a lot of fires in many Tiananmen videos.

    Again, you must view this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otTbOxLesg0&fe

  2. "pro-democracy" demonstrations – perhaps "pro-money" or "pro-money-rights" ;

    military "crackdown" – military action to maintain public order when all else fails;

    "believed to remain in prison" – believe in Chinese monkey-god? it was imprisoned for thousands of years by the celestial emperor to learn self-discipline;

    "independent and impartial inquiry" – what for? they have done one and made a conclusion; to do another one, who do you trust as "independent and impartial"?

    "no one has been brought to justice for their role in the crackdown." – enough have been brought to justice; that's why we have the monkey-god imprisoned for thousands of years story. The rest of them will answer to God, or what we called Heaven, or Celestial Emperor, or Grand-Daddy-In-Heaven.

    "the anniversary of the crackdown" – the anniversary of the sorrows that China had these rebellious sons; thanks for reminding us yearly that we do discipline them sufficiently;

    "public debate or discussion of the events is banned" – nobody wants to talk about rebellious sons;

    "survivors of the Tiananmen crackdown " – some of them owed the Chinese people an apology for disaster;

    Have you not read that Zhao Ziyang said, the PLA was attacked, not the other way, in his memoirs just published?

    I have posted the following comments elsewhere:

    Different perspective, looking at it from another angle. And then compare the two perspectives.

    See US declassified document: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB16/docu

    “thousands of civilians stood their ground or swarmed around military vehicles. APCs were set on fire, and demonstrators besieged troops with rocks, bottles, and Molotov cocktails.”

    One must ask: Who is attacking, and who is defending?

    Troops initially unarmed but have been driven back by protesters:
    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB16/docu

    Weapons of wars, terrorism and riots. Anti-tank weapons. http://www.winterwar.com/Weapons/FinAT/FINantitan

    Molotov cocktails have been used in the WW2 as anti-tank weapons.

    And protesters were fully armed with that, indicating that there were dark organized forces at work. You see a lot of fires in many Tiananmen videos.

    Again, you must view this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otTbOxLesg0&fe

  3. "pro-democracy" demonstrations – perhaps "pro-money" or "pro-money-rights" ;

    military "crackdown" – military action to maintain public order when all else fails;

    "believed to remain in prison" – believe in Chinese monkey-god? it was imprisoned for thousands of years by the celestial emperor to learn self-discipline;

    "independent and impartial inquiry" – what for? they have done one and made a conclusion; to do another one, who do you trust as "independent and impartial"?

    "no one has been brought to justice for their role in the crackdown." – enough have been brought to justice; that's why we have the monkey-god imprisoned for thousands of years story. The rest of them will answer to God, or what we called Heaven, or Celestial Emperor, or Grand-Daddy-In-Heaven.

    "the anniversary of the crackdown" – the anniversary of the sorrows that China had these rebellious sons; thanks for reminding us yearly that we do discipline them sufficiently;

    "public debate or discussion of the events is banned" – nobody wants to talk about rebellious sons;

    "survivors of the Tiananmen crackdown " – some of them owed the Chinese people an apology for disaster;

    Have you not read that Zhao Ziyang said, the PLA was attacked, not the other way, in his memoirs just published?

    I have posted the following comments elsewhere:

    Different perspective, looking at it from another angle. And then compare the two perspectives.

    See US declassified document: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB16/docu

    “thousands of civilians stood their ground or swarmed around military vehicles. APCs were set on fire, and demonstrators besieged troops with rocks, bottles, and Molotov cocktails.”

    One must ask: Who is attacking, and who is defending?

    Troops initially unarmed but have been driven back by protesters:
    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB16/docu

    Weapons of wars, terrorism and riots. Anti-tank weapons. http://www.winterwar.com/Weapons/FinAT/FINantitan

    Molotov cocktails have been used in the WW2 as anti-tank weapons.

    And protesters were fully armed with that, indicating that there were dark organized forces at work. You see a lot of fires in many Tiananmen videos.

    Again, you must view this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otTbOxLesg0&fe

  4. “pro-democracy” demonstrations – perhaps “pro-money” or “pro-money-rights” ;

    military “crackdown” – military action to maintain public order when all else fails;

    “believed to remain in prison” – believe in Chinese monkey-god? it was imprisoned for thousands of years by the celestial emperor to learn self-discipline;

    “independent and impartial inquiry” – what for? they have done one and made a conclusion; to do another one, who do you trust as “independent and impartial”?

    “no one has been brought to justice for their role in the crackdown.” – enough have been brought to justice; that’s why we have the monkey-god imprisoned for thousands of years story. The rest of them will answer to God, or what we called Heaven, or Celestial Emperor, or Grand-Daddy-In-Heaven.

    “the anniversary of the crackdown” – the anniversary of the sorrows that China had these rebellious sons; thanks for reminding us yearly that we do discipline them sufficiently;

    “public debate or discussion of the events is banned” – nobody wants to talk about rebellious sons;

    “survivors of the Tiananmen crackdown ” – some of them owed the Chinese people an apology for disaster;

    Have you not read that Zhao Ziyang said, the PLA was attacked, not the other way, in his memoirs just published?

    I have posted the following comments elsewhere:

    Different perspective, looking at it from another angle. And then compare the two perspectives.

    See US declassified document: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB16/documents/13-01.htm

    “thousands of civilians stood their ground or swarmed around military vehicles. APCs were set on fire, and demonstrators besieged troops with rocks, bottles, and Molotov cocktails.”

    One must ask: Who is attacking, and who is defending?

    Troops initially unarmed but have been driven back by protesters:

    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB16/documents/09-01.htm

    Weapons of wars, terrorism and riots. Anti-tank weapons.
    http://www.winterwar.com/Weapons/FinAT/FINantitank2.htm#molotov

    Molotov cocktails have been used in the WW2 as anti-tank weapons.

    And protesters were fully armed with that, indicating that there were dark organized forces at work. You see a lot of fires in many Tiananmen videos.

    Again, you must view this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otTbOxLesg0&feature=related