THERE was so much hope for China in the Spring of 1989. Eastern Europe was being liberated from the Soviet Union, glastnost was all the buzz throughout the USSR and now there was a peaceful student lead pro democracy movement gaining support across communist ruled China. And then came the horror of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Will Hong Kong be a repeat of 1989? On thing is certain, the people of Hong Kong can not count on support of the Western capitalist democracies of their struggle for freedom and democracy. And the people of these democracies will feign horror at another bloody crackdown when it happens in Hong Kong, and then they will continue to buy products made in the prc, supporting and funding the very same government that murders it's own people to stay in power. I am sorry the vast majority of us are so self centered and hypocritical that we put our own selfish desire for things over the human rights of others. And I pray I am wrong, and the people of Hong Kong win their struggle and become a beacon of light and hope for the prc and oppressed people the world over. From +Mother Jones .....
Twenty-five years ago, Chinese leaders violently suppressed a student uprising in Beijing. These photos document the before and after.
Canadian journalist Jan Wong wrote that during his time in prison, Wang Dan marked each anniversary of the massacre with a 24-hour hunger strike: "I plan to do so every June 4th for the rest of my life," Wang said. These days, Wang Dan describes himself as "an incorrigible idealist" on his Twitter profile. (AP Photo)
Widener was able to smuggle the film out of the hotel with the help of a young tourist. The next day, he arrived at the AP offices in Beijing to learn that his photo was on the front pages of the world's newspapers. Its power only dawned on him later: "It's a bit like David and Goliath," he said. "It's just so overpowering—it's like an ant against an elephant."
We still don't know the identity of Tank Man. "Many people would like to know who he is, and personally, my feeling is is that it's kind of neat that we don't know who he is, because he's sort of representative of the unknown soldier," Widener said. This photo is "part of me," he added. "I'm responsible for telling its story over and over and over again." (Jeff Widener/AP)