The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “China TIGHTENS SECURITY in Beijing on Tiananmen 25th anniversary” (Web-site/URL: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/6/4/tiananmen-china-security.html).
“Human-rights advocates reported unprecedented security measures at China’s Tiananmen Square on Wednesday (June 4, 2014) that barred Chinese (people) from marking the 25th anniversary of pro-democracy protests there that ended with a government crackdown KILLING hundreds, if not thousands, of civilians”.
“Eyewitnesses in Beijing reported that access to the square, a symbol of the Chinese Communist Party’s nearly 65-year rule, had been restricted. Walking from Beijing’s Wangfujin shopping district a little over half a mile to Tiananmen, Twitter (WEIBO in China) user Ban Yue Ban posted photos of three checkpoints he had to pass, with law enforcement officials checking his identification and searching his bag”.
“The human rights monitoring organization Amnesty International reported that 48 known dissidents — including activists, lawyers and artists — had disappeared or been detained by authorities ahead of the June 4 anniversary. Google and a number of other web-sites were blocked ahead of the day” AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). China as we know is INFAMOUS for blocking web-sites (Web-sites/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_websites_blocked_in_China).
“Renowned Chinese human rights advocate Hu Jia told Al Jazeera, while under detention in his Beijing home, that he hoped Chinese would still “RETURN TO THE SQUARE” to achieve what he believes are China’s inevitable objectives of democracy and rule of law”. “return to the square” sounds like the rallying cry we heard throughout/during the ARAB revolutions.
“But by late afternoon in Beijing (on June 4 2014), it appeared that access to the site had been SO HEAVILY restricted that there would be no mass movement reminiscent of the one in 1989, despite attempts by New York–based dissident blogger Wen Yunchao to have people “Return to Tiananmen“.
“Wen had mounted a long-distance campaign to return the ideals of DEMOCRACY and TRANSPARENCY (?) for China to the nation’s public and international media”. Again, of course, as we know, the Chinese government IS NOT “democratic” and CERTAINLY NOT “transparent”.
“Still, he takes the government’s bolstered efforts to crack down on any ostensible (noticeable) sign of dissent as an indication of possible brewing unrest”. “IF the government WEREN’T worried that people would actually return to Tiananmen, (then) the government wouldn’t need to arrest journalists and lawyers, (and CRACK DOWN BRUTALLY on demonstrators/protesters) as they are (doing right now)”. BINGO.
According to Sharon Hom, “director of the Hong Kong–based advocacy group Human Rights in China”,.”On the mainland, there are EFFORTS for people to gather together“, but these “efforts” HAVEN’T been successful in large part because of THE BRUTAL CRACKDOWNS.
“Hom spoke to Al Jazeera just before attending an annual vigil in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to commemorate the killings of the protesters”. “These activities are taking place in (cities such as) Beijing, Wuhan, Guangzhou (and) Shanghai. Despite the EFFORTS to ignore any discussion of June 4 (1989), on the mainland, you’re still getting people TRYING to memorialize the issue and demand a response” to what happened in 1989″, THE GOVERNMENT’S “efforts to ignore any discussion of June 4” are SUCCEEDING while the “people (who are) trying to memorialize the issue” are being BRUTALLY OPPRESSED/SUPPRESSED.
“Washington on Wednesday (June 4, 2014) called on China to ACKNOWLEDGE (?) the party’s crackdown on the student movement. In a statement, the White House said: “TWENTY-FIVE years later, the United States continues to honor the memories of those who gave their lives in and around Tiananmen Square and throughout China and (again) we CALL ON Chinese authorities to account for those killed, detained, or MISSING (?) in connection with the events surrounding June 4, 1989″. Of course as we know the Communist Party WON’T “acknowledge the party’s crackdown on the student movement” and as far as “(calling) on Chinese authorities to account for those killed detained or missing in connection with the events surrounding June 4 1989”, again, this WON’T happen because again of course, as we know, in an UNDEMOCRATIC society such as CHINA, there is (virtually) NO “accountability”.
“Hom said official recognition ISN’T likely to come anytime soon” AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “There ARE NOT ANY signals from the leaders that they are going to be reassessing or taking any serious steps to accept the demands this year (2014)”.
“But that doesn’t mean that — as with the Cultural Revolution — the Chinese government won’t eventually face up to history. In 2012, then-Premier Wen Jiabao acknowledged, in an unprecedented move, that the Cultural Revolution (between 1966 & 1969) was a “HISTORICAL TRAGEDY” amid a push to fight widespread corruption in China’s public sector”. Again, this is merely/nothing more than A POLITICIAN’S LIP SERVICE.
Finally, Hom finished off: ““What would need to happen for that assessment to take place IS ALREADY HAPPENING”, “referring to the number of dissidents like Hu and Wen who have pushed, within China and abroad, for a revival of the Tiananmen movement”.
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “China tightens security in Beijing on Tiananmen 25th anniversary”. Well, it’s NOT as if “security” in China ISN’T “tight” enough already.