Monday, June 05, 2006

Tiananmen + 17

Why 17? Why not?

For you yearlings who don't remember the Tiananmen uprisings (actually, happenned all throughout China--not just in the infamous public square), read the first-hand inside account (shit, it's only $0.43 used) or get the podcast from PBS.


At 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to offer couple more references in addition to PBS Frontline's "The Tank Man", where it reported the fact students were allowed to leave peacefully once the troops arrived, and Chinese government did investigate this, and release casualty figure of 240 some dead (incidentally in-line with our own NSA intel estimate.)

An article by Gregory Clark on pack journalism:

"the so-called massacre was in fact a mini civil war as irate Beijing citizens sought to stop initially unarmed soldiers sent to remove students who had been demonstrating freely in the square for weeks. When the soldiers finally reached the square there was no massacre."

An article by Columbia Journal Review on passive journalism:

"as far as can be determined from the available evidence, no one died that night in Tiananmen Square.
Hundreds of people, most of them workers and passersby, did die that night, but in a different place and under different circumstances."

[Just for reference, throwing molotov cocktail at riot police is a crime in US.]

At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Ben said...

PBS did a documentary on the famous photograph that left me a teary mess on the couch. I was 15 when this happened, and I remember being rivitted to the TV for hours with my jaw on the floor. I still can't look at this picture without getting choked up.


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