Tiananmen Square Anniversary

People around the world are marking the 20th anniversary of what became known in China as the June 4th Incident. In April of 1989, students and intellectuals gathered in Beijing's Tiananmen Square to mourn the death of communist party secretary Hu Yaobang, who advocated government reform. The gathering grew into an anti-government protest and lasted until June 4th when government forces cleared the square. Official Chinese records say 241 died in the incident, but the Chinese Red Cross initially put the figure at 2,600. Frontline aired a 2006 documentary about the protest and its aftermath called The Tank Man. That episode is now available online, along with a timeline and other features. Link -via Metafilter, where you'll find more links

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We need freedom though we are in a cage now!but it will be breaken someday. We will keeping going no matter how much blood and lives will gone!
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Maybe some day a far time away... But imho different cultures/countries are better suited for different regimes and such things do not change easily or quickly. For instance, Russia like China has deep rooted needs for "strong leaders" and historically always tended to gravitate towards the forceful rule of the few. Calling it a democracy does very little in terms of how people are actually are governed. Furthermore, I would postulate that given or forced upon the freedoms of a western democracy such countries would quickly fall into chaos and potentially cease to exist unless reverted to the original scheme of rule. As recent examples you may think of Russia, Iraq, Afghanistan and other places where external or renegade internal force suddenly decided to change the rules of the game (for whatever reason). The reality imo is that governments arise from the people, and its the people who make the collective decision as to whether they will like to be governed with the stick or with the candy. So saying "oh, the poor Chinese, their government is soooo evil" just does not add up for me.
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