As the people of China commemorate the 25th anniversary of the bloody Tiananmen Square revolution, their government is doing its best to keep the world’s attention away from it. But, what they may have been doing for decades, is no longer that easily pulled off.
Patrick Chovanec, a former business professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, is giving a glimpse of events that the media was unable to.
June 3, 1989, 3:00pm - Soldiers behind Great Hall of the People isolate & surround group of student protesters pic.twitter.com/HsRMVMAd0p— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) June 3, 2014
June 3, 1989, 5:30pm - Beijing resident begs waiting soldiers not to harm the students in Tiananmen Square pic.twitter.com/DWiuOpSxuy— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) June 3, 2014
June 4, 1989, 1:30am - Countless are wounded by merciless gunfire all along western approach to Tiananmen pic.twitter.com/OENAd9UjGx— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) June 3, 2014
June 4, 1989, 4:30am - Soldiers advance on students in Tiananmen Square, past burning tents pic.twitter.com/vFU0UqqbzY— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) June 3, 2014
June 4, 1989, 6:10am - Onlookers gather around the human wreckage crushed by tanks at Liubukou pic.twitter.com/tgNyPTUecR— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) June 3, 2014
June 4, 1989, 7:00pm - Medical personnel count bodies in Beijing pic.twitter.com/dpSmXMKqfG— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) June 4, 2014
June 4, 1989, 7:00pm - Bodies stacked in a Beijing morgue pic.twitter.com/GW89ZSFpqw— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) June 4, 2014
It has been twenty five years since the People's Army put down China's budding protest movement with shocking brutality.
Quarter of a century ago, the people of China; mostly students staged pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square calling for government accountability and the freedom of the press. Overnight on June 3rd and 4th the government enforced martial law and thwarted the protest with grotesque and bloody force killing somewhere between five hundred and twenty-five hundred people.
The image of the brave (driven by desperation?) man above has immortalized the day forever.
But what the professor has to show is going to haunt the viewers for a long, long time.
Apparently China doesn’t like its people having an opinion or raising their voice. The fact became apparent when Google services were suspended in the country ahead of the 25th anniversary of the 1989 bloody massacre.
On the 23rd anniversary of the event, US asked the Chinese government to free the prisoners of Tiananmen still behind bars.
It went unheeded.
Last year, an open letter was released by the families of the Tiananmen victims demanding justice for their lost loved ones.
It didn’t do any good.
But this year the world stands with the people in China, Amnesty International wants the mothers of those killed to know the world stands in solidarity with them. People from Spain, Nepal, Iceland and other countries send a direct message to the mothers: You are not alone. We remember June 4th.
And then, despite all their efforts to hush things down and draw a dark curtain around the events, there is Professor Chovanec, who thwarted the Chinese government’s best labors.