SOURCE: PEN America
Yesterday, the BBC News Service's Twitter feed provided first-hand accounts from those who were on Tiananmen Square the night of June 3 to June 4—when the People's Liberation Army gave the order to take back the Square "at all costs," despite intellectuals like Liu Xiaobo mediating with the troops for the protesters' safe withdrawl. The audio clips are haunting.
Twenty-five years later, a collective amnesia has set in as living standards have skyrocketed, educational opportunities seem more plentiful, and the enforced silence by the Chinese govenrment has compelled people to forget. And it seems to have worked, mostly.
Except for the 15 writers, scholars, lawyers, and activists who had gathered at the home of film professor Hao Jian to remember, all of whom were arrested and five remain detained.
Except for Hu Jia, who, at 15, took part in the protests at Tiananmen and is commemorating June 4 while under house arrest.
Except for Liao Yiwu, who spent years in prison after the crackdown for reciting his epic poem "Massacre" in a small town in Sichuan Province and is now in exile.
SOURCE: PEN America
SOURCE: The New Yorker
SOURCE: Foreign Affairs
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Source: The New York Review of Books
By Ian Johnson
Hu Jia is one of China’s best-known political activists. He participated in the 1989 Tiananmen protests as a fifteen-year-old, studied economics, and then worked for environmental and public health non-governmental organizations. A practicing Buddhist, Hu spent three and a half years in prison between 2008 and 2011 for “inciting subversion of state power” and currently is under house arrest for having launched a commemoration of the June Fourth massacre in January. But on his way back from a rare unsupervised hospital visit, I met up with him for a talk about his work and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the protest movement in Tiananmen Square and around the country.
Source: Washington Post
Tiananmen Massacre Presentation