CHINESE COMMUNIST OPPRESSION
Twenty-five years ago the first week of June 1989, students assembled by the thousands in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, a massive pro-democracy movement that demanded political reforms that would give the people of China a say in their governance and would protect their unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property. Shortly thereafter, Red Army tanks and armored personnel carriers motored into the square, plowing over protestors and murdering hundreds who dared to resist the iron grip of communism.
Secret police from the PRC’s Ministry of State Security tracked down each leader of the pro-Democracy movement and arrested as many as could be found. Large numbers have disappeared never to resurface and presumed to have been executed. Their families still suffer from on-going government surveillance.
Although twenty-five years have passed, the iconic photographic image of that lone, unarmed young man dressed in a white shirt and black pants bravely standing in front of a phalanx of People’s Liberation Army Type 59 tanks and refusing to be moved out of the way still beckons to the freedom loving everywhere. The scene underscored the brutality of a communist Chinese regime that permits no civil liberty, yet revealed the lead tank driver incapable of bringing himself to murder a man of irresolute purpose. One wonders whether that tank driver in his heart of hearts knew that the protestors had indeed the moral high ground.
We do not know with certainty who that young man was. Some have speculated that it may have been Wang Weilin, then 19 years of age. Others, including the PRC, disagree. Some believe that the young man was apprehended by Chinese authorities fourteen days later and executed. Still others think he was shot by firing squad along with other June 1989 pro-Democracy protestors.
In Beijing and throughout mainland China to this day any who celebrate, write about, or discuss the events of June 3 and 4, 1989 are subject to summary arrest, detention, or execution.
In the first week of June of this year, dozens of state security and Red Army troops filled Tiananmen Square to intimidate those who wished to remember the pro-democracy protests of 1989. Vehicles and civilians walking in the area were detained, interrogated, and searched. Dozens suspected of harboring sympathy for the pro-democracy movement have been rounded up by the government and detained. Government censors shut down web sites and blocked blogs and social media that refer to the brutal crackdown or to the pro-democracy protests. Relatives of those killed by the government have been permitted to visit the graves of their family members but only when accompanied by police escorts.
By contrast, Hong Kong, the former British colony now under PRC dominion, is still too accustomed to liberty to give up the fight against tyranny. Over 180,000 people filled Hong Kong’s Victoria Park in early June to hold a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the courageous youth who protested and those among them who died in the fight for freedom. Dismayed, communist officials refrained from preventing the assembly, consistent with their uneasy policy of slow assimilation of Hong Kong back into the communist fold.
We should do well to remember and reflect upon how a government of massive size, scope and power so easily becomes suspicious of its people and finds deprivation of rights a common recourse to ensure attainment of politically preferred objectives. Our nation too is moving in that direction along a course now in dire need of correction to end forms of invasion of privacy, data gathering, summary arrest, and deprivation of property and liberty for the sake of political expedience. We need only reflect on the recent revelations on mass NSA phone and email data gathering, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, the ATF’s sham storefront sting operations, and the BLM assault on Cliven Bundy’s property to see that our nation has moved closer to the Chinese Communist police state and much farther away from our Founding Fathers’ ideal of a strictly limited government instituted among men to protect the rights of the governed, where the people are sovereign and the state is their servant.
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