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