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The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it - Henry David Thoreau

On This Spot In 1989, Nothing Happened


Twenty years ago today, the Chinese government killed—as far as we can tell—a couple thousand of its own people for the crime of peacefully demanding reform of their authoritarian government.  At the time, it seemed like this was part of a wave of anti-Communist protests that was sweeping the world and tumbling empires.  The Chinese government survived and remains powerful, but I like to think that what progress they have made has been an indirect result of the explosion of dissent.

Read Kristoff’s searing account of that day.  And remember.

Update: Hong Kong remembers.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 06/04/09 at 10:50 AM (Discuss this in the forums)


Posted by InsipiD on 06/04/09 at 02:35 PM from United States

I’d like to see Cindy Sheehan, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, and Michael Moore go there and have a peaceful congregation to remember the day.

Posted by on 06/04/09 at 02:48 PM from United States

But they probably have free healthcare and 100% literacy, so it’s ok. 

Also you’re a racist for mentioning this.

Posted by on 06/04/09 at 03:17 PM from United States

I think the difference between this and the Soviet Block was that the European governments had essentially given up the fight.  China’s hardliners were still firmly in control.

The timing of this was way off, though I consider tank man to be a hero for the world…

Posted by HARLEY on 06/04/09 at 05:22 PM from United States

Has any major world leader, commemorated this day in any form whats soever?

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