Every June 4th has a bitter taste for those who know the facts behind one of the worst massacres of the 20th century, perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1989 against thousands of students who were peacefully protesting in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.
Today is the 32nd anniversary of that deplorable episode. But, unfortunately, the CCP continues to exercise censorship and repression towards those wishing to pay homage to the massacre’s victims with impunity due to apathy or fear by the world’s nations.
Such is the case of Hong Kong, which knows very well the horrors of communism due to the infiltration of the CCP into the government and the police.
Today, June 4, Hong Kong police were ordered to deploy more than 3,000 officers to Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to block any attempt by the public to commemorate the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, as reported by the local Apple Daily newspaper.
What was the origin of the Tiananmen Massacre?
It was a time of change in China, where the hardline wing of the CCP, then led by Deng Xiaoping, had shattered people’s hopes for a free and more democratic China.
The demonstrations began after the death of Hu Yaobang, a 73-year-old leader, in April 1989.
Hundreds of thousands of people, especially university students, began to gather in Beijing’s iconic square to remember him. Quickly, however, what had started as a tribute turned into a demand for freedom and democracy.
Young people carried flags and banners, seeking openness and democracy.
The Central Committee of the Communist Party was becoming increasingly nervous, and civil society was becoming increasingly aroused, so the Chinese dictatorship began a violent crackdown. On May 20, 1989, the regime declared a state of siege and sent more than 200,000 troops into Beijing.
On the night of June 3, a military assault began that wiped out everyone alive there.
In the early morning of June 4, 1989, troops of the People’s Liberation Army entered with tanks and fired assault rifles into the crowd protesting there since April 15 to demand democratic reforms.
Thousands of students were killed, although the exact number is unknown. The “official” information disseminated by state newspapers was that 200 civilians were killed, but the Chinese Red Cross estimated 2,700 from a survey among hospitals. “The minimum estimate of civilians killed is 10,000,” said Alan Donald, Britain’s ambassador to China in 1989.
“Tank Man” is considered one of the most iconic photos of the 20th century. This lone man standing in front of tanks symbolized the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
The “day after” June 4, 1989, when students were shot to death and “knocked down” by tanks, the “Tank Man” stood on June 5 and was “immortalized” by Jeff Widener, the Associated Press photographer who was in the right place at the right time.
In the end, Tank Man was driven away by what appear to be undercover police officers.
Manipulation of information
Few Chinese – and much less the young—know the facts and the responsibility of the CCP in the massacre. Simultaneously, the political system set in motion extensive defamatory propaganda, which denied the facts to hide them and lie about what happened. Let us remember that in China, there are no independent media. They are all mouthpieces of the CCP.
The day after the Tiananmen massacre, the CCP claimed that not a single shot was fired and nobody was killed … the military apparatus justified it by saying that “criminal elements” and “counterrevolutionaries” attacked the police and the army, killing many policemen and soldiers.
It is a tactic widely used by the CCP to distort the facts, as happened with the CCP Virus (COVID-19 or Wuhan coronavirus), which spread worldwide thanks to the concealment of information and the “disappearance” of doctors and critical witnesses. Then, when the virus was already spread worldwide, they tried to divert attention and responsibility to the US.
Despite their lies and all the evils committed by the Party, such as the unjust deaths caused by the Anti-Rightist Movement, the massive famine of the Great Leap Forward, the bloodshed due to the Cultural Revolution, the spread of the coronavirus, etc.—the CCP continues to go unpunished and does not face solid international condemnation judging it for its crimes and awakening the population.