A guest post from my husband, writer, artist, and generally wonderful human being, on the 25th anniversary of the Tienanmen Square massacre.
Twenty-five years ago today, the Chinese army opened fire on its own civilians. These civilians were students protesting for democratic rights. They were unarmed. Apparently arresting the protesters didn't satisfy the government, because on June 4th, 1989, tanks opened fire, killing...how many? We don't know. Estimates range from the high hundreds to the thousands.
Why don't we know? Because in the twenty-five years since then, the Chinese government has arrested and detained anyone who will write or talk about the massacre. It has burned newspapers and scrubbed textbooks and censored the Internet. Repeat, it has removed references to the massacre from the Internet in China, with the cooperation of Google China and Yahoo China. To talk about June 4th -- in the privacy of your own home! -- is grounds for indefinite detainment.
It's said that you cannot keep a cover-up hidden unless you are willing to kill or kidnap anyone who might talk. Well, that's exactly what the government of China has done.
It's not Tibet that needs to be freed. Free the citizens of China from the Chinese government.