Hard to believe it has been over 20 years since that fateful day.
The Hong Kong demonstrators massed in a downtown park, holding candles around a June 4 memorial and a replica of the Goddess of Democracy statue that was built in Tiananmen Square before tanks and troops crushed the protests.
“Long live democracy. Never forget June 4,” shouted members of a crowd estimated at 180,000 by the event’s organizers.
China has never released a death toll, but estimates by human rights groups and witnesses range from several hundred to several thousand. The anniversary has never been publicly marked in mainland China.
And in Shanghai, well, somebody involved with the stock exchange wants to make sure the Chinese never forget…
China’s censors blocked access to the term “Shanghai stock market” on popular microblogs after the index fell a bizarre 64.89 points, matching the date of the crackdown.
In another twist, the Shanghai Composite Index opened at 2346.98 points on the 23rd anniversary of the killings. The numbers 46.98 are 4 June, 1989, backwards.
Here’s more from WSJ about the anniversary and how China’s economy is transforming to a consumer based system…
China knows they can’t censor this stuff forever or rely solely on an export economy. How quickly they’ll let go of those two things, though, remains to be soon. Let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later and that we don’t ever see another Tiananmen happen.