Thirty-two years after the Tiananmen Square Massacre, where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) brought in the military to literally crush and kill students calling for democracy in China, a survivor of the incident recalls what happened that night and, comparing it to what the Chinese government is today, finds that it remains ‘the world’s largest prison.’ 

“China is a dictatorship and colonial power that is more dangerous and vicious than Nazi Germany. It has been thriving thanks to appeasement from the Western governments and courtship from multinationals.” 

She added: “China is a cesspool with shiny glitzy surface, but it stinks like hell. It is hell.  Because it is ruled by the CCP, the world’s largest terrorist organization.” 

Rose tells of her ordeal in Tiananmen 

In an interview with Bitter Winter, Rose Tang, a pro-democracy activist who took part in the student protest in 1989 and survived the bloody crackdown by the Chinese Communist regime, recalled the heart-shaking details of what happened on the night of June 4. 

The peaceful protests had begun in April and were gaining followers who dreamed of a democratic China.

After months of failing to address the demands of the demonstrations, the Chinese government decreed martial law on May 20, 1989, which was a ‘tipping point’ recalls Rose, as hundreds of military vehicles, including tanks and soldiers, began to arrive in Beijing. 

Students and other protesters tried to block their way only to be beaten by the police. The communist regime used the People’s Liberation Army to crush the protests, and according to the activist, they were very young Chinese who were afraid and avoided looking people in the face. 

The demonstrations escalated, and the Tiananmen Square area was like a ‘war zone’ as the government increased its military presence.

“Burning buses and trucks scattered around, people were re-arranging roadblocks preparing to stop more troops. But to my surprise, it was very peaceful inside the square, many locals were strolling around, just like any other summer evening,” Rose recounted.

On the night of June 4, thousands of soldiers emerged out of nowhere, bayonets blazing into the crowd of demonstrators, killing women, men, and even children on the scene. A merciless and chilling scene.

Escaping from the Massacre

Rose escaped among the bodies of the dead people lying on the ground. She was beaten by a soldier but managed to climb onto a war tank and passed from the other side of the massacre to escape from the square. 

“The square was cordoned off by tanks. A few large puffs of smoke rose. We heard gun shots in the distance as we walked slowly in narrow lanes among traditional courtyards. Locals came out and gave us shoes,” Rose detailed. 

“A weeping student joined us, holding a small pair of blood-stained glasses with two bullet holes. He described how a 12-year-old girl had been shot by troops near Mao’s mausoleum. She was taking a stroll with her five-year-old sister,” the Chinese activist painfully recalled. 

Rose managed to settle outside China. She lived in Hong Kong and now resides in the United States. Her story, like that of many survivors, recalls one of the bloodiest stories of modern times. 

While the international community sanctioned China economically for the massacre, to this day, the CCP has never admitted guilt or acknowledged the murder of the students, and strict censorship of information has managed to partially bury, inside and outside China, this ruthless crime. 

It is estimated that at least 10,000 people were killed during June 3 and 4, 1989.

Today’s Chinese society is numb

Rose Tang noted that: “Today’s China, like yesterday’s China, is still the world’s biggest prison, as my father warned me two decades ago. It is another planet, very barren, with very little culture or spirituality left. Vulgarization and dumbing-down continue to proliferate. Most ordinary Chinese are so burdened with mortgages of apartments and cars and costs of kids’ education that they do not care about politics or others, unless their own interests are threatened.”

The activist reneged on how numb Chinese society is: ” Even when they suffer injustice, very few people bother to take to the streets. They are addicted to most electronics, social intranet (WeChat, etc.), TV variety shows and soapies. Most of my friends, however very well educated, told me they’re free and they would not live overseas. But they all try their best to send their kids overseas.”

The West’s poor response

With the idea that by integrating China into free trade, bringing businesses and jobs into the country, the CCP would eventually change and adopt more democratic policies or become ‘westernized’ in terms of granting more freedoms to its citizens, the West made the grave mistake of feeding the Chinese Communist Party monster to the point of giving it the economic strength to become what it is today.

By avoiding criticizing its human rights violations publicly but behind closed doors thinking that the CCP would take criticism constructively, the world’s governments only increased the arrogance of the most bloodthirsty regime of modern times.

The Tiananmen Massacre, the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners, the house Christians, the Uighurs of Xinjiang, will forever be a stain on the international community that instead of condemning, pressuring, and rounding up the CCP, gave it money and fed its ego to continue torturing and killing its own people.

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