Beijing, China

The guide refused to talk to us about what happened here in 1989.

And believe me, I asked. In several different ways.

But despite my best efforts, I couldn’t get him to budge.

Not only was freedom crushed here when pro-democracy student protests

were met by the military with tanks, the constant

reminder of severe Communist rule also inhabits this square in

the form of Mao’s mausoleum.

But I look back on these pictures today and I’m grateful for the

reminder not to take the freedom we have in the United States

for granted. No matter who wins the elections, at least we

have elections!

*These pictures were scanned from film originals, so the quality is less than ideal.

k.h. 2004


3 Responses to “China: Tiananmen Square”

  1. Kurt

    Many top students at Beijing University don’t even have a clue about it if they haven’t been out of the country. Check out the documentary “Tank Man” it’s on youtube. Very well done.


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