So today is the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre where hundreds or thousands were killed by government troops for protesting the lack of freedom of speech among other things. The total amount killed is fuzzy because the Chinese government will not release those figures. There has never been another protest since that date on June 4 1989 and many young Chinese people don’t even know it occurred. The government controls everything so they don’t let that information out to the public.
I happen to have been in Tiananmen Square just a couple of weeks ago. I asked our tour guide, a 32 yr old Chinese woman, where the massacre took place. She just said no, no. They aren’t allowed to talk about it – many things like this could land you in jail. If you have any reasons to criticize the United States, you could always go live in China.
In these pictures, the road behind us is where the massacre took place. It’s very eerie. The guards stand duty for 2 hrs at a time, never moving. We even walked by one guard who was holding a machine gun. The building behind us is the Forbidden City which is an amazing place and I’ll post images of that later. The actual Square is huge and there were tourists every where.
I’m wearing my running clothes because the airline lost my suitcase and I had packed the running stuff in the carry on suitcase just for that very reason. Luckily, they returned my suitcase the next day.