The final few days of the Democracy movement in Tiananamen Square. After seven weeks, it ended quickly with a death toll still disputed but varying from 300 to 20,000. The crackdown came, the organizers and sympathizers were located, rounded up and imprisoned or executed and China tried desperately to pretend it never happened and hoped everyone would forget.
Twenty years later, they're still trying.
A postscript: Right after publishing this entry I got a note from John Amato pointing me in the direction of a Chinese-American guest blogger who covered for her students after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. I urge you to check it out. G.S.
News of the day for July 4, 1989 - Supreme court ruling holding states to limit abortions sparks outrage. Mikhail Gorbachev lands in Paris. Poland swears in new parliament, first Soviet Bloc country to do so since late 1940's, Chinese protests crackdown continues with overseas broadcasts blacked out, radio broadcasts jammed and print material outlawed. Brush fires outside of Los Angeles burn homes. Read more...