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Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 in China

November 19, 2009 Leave a comment

A lot of things happened around the world in 1989, among which, the falling of Berlin Wall in Germany received the most vibrant 20th anniversary. Below is a list of other big things back then:

  • American closes its Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • China crushed down Tiananmen Square protests
  • US president George Bush Sr. announced to use military force to get Iraq out of Kuwait
  • Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife were sentenced to death and killed

My friend Denisa is working on a project by interviewing former journalists who reported the 1989 revolution in her home country Romania.She did a great job, getting contact of many interviewees and pursuading newspapers to publish her articles. Twenty years passed, this country has changed a lot and is learning from its history.

Yet, nothing happens in Beijing. The crushing of protesters on Tiananmen Square in 1989 is still a prohibited topic in the Chinese media. People don’t talk about it much. Some young people might even not know that it ever happened.

Making mistakes is bad, but lying about mistakes is worse, and trying to shutting the mouth of its people is the worst.