Exploration Four: News Sources, Research and the Power of Images.
Part One: History
In May of 1989, nearly a million, mostly young, Chinese people gathered in Central Beijing to protest for a democracy, and for the resignation of the Chinese Communist Party. The protests went on for about three weeks with daily vigils, marches and chants. This caught the attention of the media, which later caught the attention of the United States and Europe. On June 4th, 1989, Chinese troops and security police stormed through Tienanmen Square and were firing into the crowd of protesters. The majority of students tried to escape, while the other protesters fought back by stoning the troops and setting fire to military vehicles. About 300 protesters were killed, and about 10,000 were arrested. About three weeks later, US Congress voted to impose economic sanctions against the People's Republic of China in response to the violations of human rights.
The thing that I found the most important in these events is the fact that human rights really were violated, and that the government struck back in a way that I think was too extreme. To bring in army tanks to go up against protesters, human beings, I don't think was necessary at all. There could have been many different ways to deal with the situation, but the police decided to strike back in the most violent way possible.
Part Two: Images
|Dead protesters and tanks are seen in the aftermath of the Tienanmen Square Protest.|
|Students peacefully protesting in Hong Kong to protest China's proposal to limit voting rights.|