Spring 1989, Beijing. One of the most brutal state crime. Half a million students, intellectuals and workers march to the main square of the capital to demand more political freedoms, freedom of expression, freedom to plan their school life, their working life, their family’s life, the number of their children. They are not armed, but they have flowers in their hands.
But the Chinese dictatorial regime doesn’t swallow the insult and the night between the 3rd and the 4th of June orders the military convoys to enter Beijing by making way through the barricades of protesters, who react by throwing stones and petrol bombs at the soldiers. The army is ordered to clear the square by dawn and at 4:30 a.m starts shooting at civilians, treading with tanks’ caterpillars hundreds of boys and girls. At 5:40 the square is cleared. The number of civilians killed has never been established. According to the Chinese government the victims – including soldiers – would be 241 and people wounded are 7,000. According to NATO 7,000 people were killed and 30,000 wounded.
Tiananmen, that means “the Gate of Heavenly Peace” in Chinese, was stained with the blood of China’s children. The following day the square was covered with thousands of dead bodies deformed by the tracks of the T-72. China suppressed with blood the demand for freedom of its youth. Today in China no one can talk about, write about that episode or even remember it. This article will never be read beyond the Great Wall.
Maybe the crime states’ motive is the worst one: they kill men who, driven by ideals, fight for that word that in some areas of the world and in China itself is still forbidden: FREEDOM!