Thursday, June 4, 2009

Remembering Tiananmen Square

Twenty years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play. While he was doing this, tanks were rolling through Tiananmen Square in China to quash protests by those crying out for freedom.

It all started when many students and citizens of the Communist Chinese nation decided enough was enough. They protested the brutal government control of speech, religion, and assembly. Rights that we in this country have enjoyed since the birth of this great nation. These brave people were brutally massacred when the government sent tanks to roll through Tiananmen Square to dispel the crowd. The picture of the one lone student staring down the tanks in protest will forever be etched in the memory of those of us who remember the initial crackdown. Hundreds died at the hands of the Chinese military, many were injured, and I'm sure many more were sent away for "reeducation".

Today, the Communist regime has ordered that no protests are to take place and even speaking about the events of twenty years ago is forbidden. No remembrances, no vigils...nothing. The lives of those who died will only be remembered in silence. How far China has come in twenty years.

It makes one wonder just how much government oppression one can take and what action would be taken to guarantee one's right to be free.

Ask yourself one question today: Do I have what it takes to be that one lone student?

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