Source: New York Times Sinosphere Blog
Twenty-five years ago, on the night of April 25, editors in newspaper offices across China received aneditorial that was to run in People’s Daily the next morning, and their papers were ordered to reprint on their front pages the Communist Party newspaper’s pronouncement on the student demonstrators who had occupied Tiananmen Square for nine days.
The editorial and its contentious background marked one of the decisive turns leading to the armed offensive that seized the square on June 4, 1989, leaving hundreds dead in the streets of Beijing. The protesters were not patriots mourning the late leader Hu Yaobang, as they claimed to be, the editorial said, but pawns in a counterrevolutionary plot.
“This is a planned conspiracy, this is turmoil,” it declared, after some initial comments about the “emotive fervor” of students and the restraint exercised by the authorities...
Source: Voice of America
Source: Boston Globe
'Bold attempt to reclaim Chinese history from the state'
Source: The Independent
SUNY New Paltz are today commemorating Tiananmen with an on-campus event. They will be screening part of the documentary "Tank Man" and will follow the screening with discussion facilitated by two of our faculty - a political scientist and a philosophy professor.
Rarely has the timing of an ousted leader’s death been so consequential. In 1989, Hu Yaobang, a former general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, was attending a meeting of the Politburo when he became pale and shaky, asked to be excused and crumpled with a heart attack. Twenty-five years ago, on April 15, he died after a week in the hospital, an event that unleashed a cascade of demonstrations centered on Tiananmen Square, which culminated in the armed crackdown of June 3-4.
Below is an excerpt from George Jochnowitz's book The Blessed Human Race.
"I made a special trip to Baoding just to warn you," said Gao Xuesheng (all the names in this account have been changed, except for members of my own family and public figures), who had been my student the previous time I had taught at Hebei University, in 1984. "Get out of the country. Leave China as soon as possible. Something terrible is going to happen."
"What sort of terrible thing?" I asked, feeling he must be right.
"Please don't ask me. Please don't ask me how I know. I came here because I'm your friend."
If Gao Xuesheng had been a native speaker of English his words would have sounded overly dramatic and perhaps unconvincing. In this case, speaking what was for him a foreign language made him more eloquent, and he was very persuasive indeed. "I have tickets for June 11th, just two weeks from now," I said. "Miriam and I will fly to Tokyo on the 11th and go from there to New York."
"Leave sooner if you can. Lots of people know what you've been saying and doing. When the police came to warn you and Miriam not to go on any more demonstrations, you said, 'The worst they can do is deport me.'"
"Did I tell you that?" I inquired, thinking my statement had been harmless enough.
"No you didn't. Don't ask me how I know. Get out while you can. Something awful will happen. I know what I'm talking about."
SOURCE: Frontpage Mag
SOURCE: The Telegraph
Tiananmen Massacre Presentation