23 Year Remembrance of Tiananmen Square – April 16th 1989, Beijing China

Written by Diane Gatterdam

2808_1132906196756_1050321016_30400324_2196382_n Twenty-three years ago on this day April 16th 1989 wreaths and poems continued to appear in Tiananmen Square and at many Beijing Universities.

Hu Yaobang’s family, intellectuals, elites, and students demanded that the government reinstate Hu’s good reputation after his fall from grace in 1987 when he was forced to take responsibility for a student movement in 1986.

Hu was one of the few in the Communist Party who had any democratic ideas. He had genuine concern for the students and the plight of the PEOPLE.

These are some eye witness account from Tiananmen Square April 16th 1989:

“I gave my first speech on April 16th in Tianammen Square. It was very short – lasting only a couple of minutes – about the problems of the Chinese educational system. I told my audience that during vacations I had traveled all over China to conduct research. I studied the situation of Chinese education quite extensively and found that the root of the problem lay in the socioeconomic system. Forty years after the establishment of the Communist Government, education was still backward, because educational problems were rooted in the system and there could be no improvement until the system was changed.”

Wu’er Kaixi- Student leader and hero

“On Sunday April 16 I went to Tiananmen Square. Someone had already put large wreaths there. The monument was surrounded by metal chains. Nobody was supposed to get inside, and I didn’t see any white paper flowers.

In front, I saw two policemen carrying pistols, their eyes on the crowd. I also saw some undercover police on the side speaking into walkie-talkies.”

Lao Gui – popular novelist now living in exile

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2 Responses to 23 Year Remembrance of Tiananmen Square – April 16th 1989, Beijing China

  1. justrecently says:

    I’m mongering my own stuff here, I know – but it may add some more recent perspective, plus a few words from the man (Hu Yaobang) himself.

  2. C.A. Yeung says:

    Thank you for the link JR. Yes, you are asking a very good question. Can China avoid another Cultural Revolution? From what I can see, it’s already happening in Cyperspace. We’ll now wait and see whether it’s going to spread to the streets, so to speak.

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