On the anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, China is barring journalists and blocking websites to crack down on any anniversary protests/remembrances/repeats. Because of censorship, Chinese residents born after the protests know nothing of what happened in the summer of 1989 unless they find out through underground videos or books. However, most of us here, who have access to all sorts of news and historical archives, still don’t know that much about what happened either.
Newscast from June 4, 1989:
I remember being 8 years old staying up late with my parents watching the breaking news unfold around Tiananmen. I remember seeing the guy block those tanks live as it was happening. I keep thinking about what was going through his head when he decided to stand in front of those tanks. It’s one of those moments of self-sacrifice/courage/passion that I always think about to keep me grounded.
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