Monday, June 4, 2007
Revolution on Wheels
18 years ago.
18 years ago a person who has become known as Tank Man stood in front of a tank, alone, with only two bags of groceries, and made world history.
Today, thousands of independent citizens commemorated those days, when a nascent pro-democracy movement took over Beijing's Tienanmen Square for days.
But it didn't last. Innocent civilians were shot down by fascist Chinese government octegenarians embarrassed by the growth of a youth movement that galvanized the people. People running to and from the square were shot down, on bicycles.
Shot down while unarmed and riding a bicycle.
How did the Chinese government commemorate these events? By deliberately ignoring them, and forcing hundreds of children to paint smiles on their faces in a predictably robotic choreographed spectacle aimed at smothering the legacy of the Tienanmen massacre, and promoting the 2008 Olympics, which any self-respecting politically aware athlete will boycott. But they won't because most athletes of Olympic calibre are desperate for attention, sponsorships, competition and are medal whores. A host country's despicable politics and heinous environmental record are nothing to them.
The nearest place where people could freely commemorate the massacre was in Hong Kong.
Protesters took part in a candlelight vigil at Hong Kong's Victoria Park, June 4, 2007 to mark the 18th anniversary of the military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989.