Year after year, I write something about 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on the day of June 4th. A small piece of writing is enough — this is what I thought when I every time saw the news of the annual candlelight vigil to commemorate the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Hong Kong. However, after COVID-19 outbreak, and after Beijing decided to enforce their National Security Law in Hong Kong, candlelight will be a history (or not, just like that the June 4th doesn’t exist in Chinese territory). I wonder if a short paragraph is so enough that let us remember the history?
Haruki said that “between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg.”
I once sincerely believed it.
However, the side that gets to represent these “eggs” is gradually becoming a question mark in today’s world. Populism blurs the boundary between the people’s voice and the actual voice that is evoked by fake news and the politicians behind it.
31 years ago, we saw something happen in Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall. We watched it on TV. We believed what we saw and were willing to stand up for it.
Things have changed, of course. Today, two full generations of Chinese can’t even see “6.4” on any internet website; and many European countries are also seeing their elected government try to (or already) control the media.
It seems that reminding with history is the only way to remember what we should stand and fight for.
Why should we remember this date?
Sometimes I feel whatever China is doing is not my business. But regarding the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and MASSACRE, I cannot and never will keep out of the affair. It is always about universal human rights, but it’s beyond that.
Today, to remember June 4th 1980 is to remind the world that CCP never changes its nature of the regime.