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The wound of history: Tiananmen Square massacre

By Chin Jin - posted Thursday, 4 June 2009


Exactly 20 years have elapsed since the Tiananmen Square Massacre took place on June 4, 1989.

What on earth happened that day? How many people were killed? Hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands? It is still an unsolved mystery, and only the killers with their blood stained hands know best how many victims they slaughtered.

In the olden days, those facing the final chop of execution often died with courage, shouting: "In 20 years, I will be back again, as a new man!"

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This Beijing bloodbath, although it secured two more decades of governance for the Chinese Communist Party, sounded the death knell of the global communist movement, breathing its last gasps through the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Eastern European Bloc, which finally ended the 40-odd years of the West-East Cold War.

It has been 20 years since the Tiananmen Square Massacre and still all of the questions and doubts remain unanswered.

Are the number people who fight for democracy and human justice in China increasing or decreasing? Is China nearer or further away from democracy? Is the world becoming more secure or more dangerous? Is the human race moving forwards to a better and more just society or is it becoming filled with more conflict and hatred?

It is obvious that the reality is very cruel.

Because of domestic indifference within China, and a lazy ethos of international neo-appeasement, numerous outstanding human rights and democracy-seeking Chinese people have been removed into obscurity by the Communist Party by being placed in jails or reform-through-labour camps: without being acknowledged by the Chinese people, silenced under the iron fists of the Chinese communist regime.

Many Chinese people have started to give up their pursuit for democracy and justice, and capitulated their free voices to accept Chinese totalitarianism, the monster which has morphed into a "generous and wealthy uncle". The monster still remains behind the grinning facade; a monster which is the operator of an iron fist enforcing a degraded morality and complete acquiescence to self interest and participation in the global grab for money.

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In short, China has not made any movement towards democracy.

The West, headed by the US, has shown signs of waning, and the 60 years of post-war peace may gradually come to an end. The Australian defence white paper, hiking military spending to prepare for possible military conflicts in the future changing world political structure, is a substantial indicator that the world is becoming more and more unsafe.

September 11 and two wars on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan have also proven that cultural conflict and racial hatred are increasing.

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Chin Jin is an M.A. graduate of the University of Western Sydney and Chair of the Federation For A Democratic China, Australia.

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