Tiananmen Square Massacre 20 Years Later

In China they refer to the Tiananmen Square Massacre as “The June 4 Incident”. Today was 20 years ago that we got to know of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing when China managed to permanently stain their international reputation for human rights.

1,000,000 people had gathered on Tiananmen Square to mourn the death of General Secretary Hu Yaobang on 15 April 1989. For 7 weeks, Chinese students demonstrated, refusing to move until their demands for democratic reform were met. Hu Yaobang was know for his economic and political reforms and was forced to resign as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China in 1987.

Tiananmen Square Massacre

Following the Tiananmen Square Massacre, the official Chinese government figure was 241 dead and 7,000 wounded. There were early reports from the Chinese Red Cross stating 2,600 deaths but they later denied that figure. Other authorities such as NATO reported death tolls much higher than this.

China seems to be having an “Internet Maintenance Day” blocking Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites so nobody can draw attention to the anniversary of the massacre in China. So one has to ask the question: Is that government stupid or arrogant? The entire world knows but that seems to be OK.

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In this video you hear a student say: “Don’t block the cameras. Let the world see what is happening

This is the report that was published by the BBC on 4th June 1989.

Let this be a reminder to us all that letting governments take away our rights is NOT a good idea. Mistakes are not meant to be repeated. Let’s learn from history and move forward in a positive way. Please share a thought for the victims and families of the victims at the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

And let’s hope that the Chinese people is allowed to play with Social Media Freedom, just like us.

Sean Rasmussen
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Aussie Internet Marketer © 2004 – 2009

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Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. Very informative article, and deeply moving footage.

    No government has the moral right to trample on the aspirations of its people to be free and happy. ‘Internet Maintenance Day’ will make a fine addition to the dictionary as a synonym for the ultimate in unbelievable excuses.

    May the freedom and democracy those people died for be preserved in all our lands and achieved in China soon.

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  2. Kelvin Lim says:

    Great post Sean! We are indeed lucky to have freedom and rights as citizens here in Australia. My thoughts are to the Chinese people, who are still without a voice despite the country experiencing huge economic successes in the last 2 decades.

  3. The music is spine chilling…..the courage of that man to stand in front of the tank….what a waste of life. When will we ever learn that fighting only causes harm not good!! Governments should be ashamed of themselves when this happens. And to say that China is not allowed to talk about, that’s even worse.
    Thank god Australia is a place that we can be proud of, never let this be forgotten so that it can ever happen again.
    Great post and video Sean

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  4. A great post Sean, although are we as lucky and free as we think in the West? China has a very overt control of their people, and we can sit back and think how blessed we are to have the freedom to do, say, and think what we want.

    Do we though? We are dictated by the media, Government, and education systems what we hear and see, and this in turn for the masses, can influence what we think and perceive as the truth. Basically mind control, although since done covertly the average person will never be aware of what is really going on, and remain ever blissful in their ignorance.

    I could go on for hours about our “freedom”, although I might leave it for my own blog 😉

  5. richard Colum says:

    Great post Sean and it is good that the west can take on the roll to remind people of what happened. I do agree with Clint Maher as well i think we too are kept in the dark a lot of what is really happening we are taught to have freedom the way the way they want us to.
    To be honest though I would rather our way than theirs.

  6. Wonderful post very emotional stuff I think this is the first time I have ever seen that footage, I have to agree with Richards comment I too would rather have our way than theirs.

  7. What a post, unbelievable I would never be able to live like that and under those rules but I suppose that if you are brought up that way you don’t know any better but still.

  8. It still sends a chill up my spine when I think about that terrible day when a government was so afraid of its critics that it had them killed. It was indeed a disgrace. Just as disgraceful is their attempt to rewritie history and hide this from their own citizens. Maybe some day in the future the Chinese people will be allowed to be free, but their masters for the moment still deny them that freedom.

    I stopped in the city (Melbourne) one day and listened to some ex-Chinese Falon Gong people speak about what the authorities had done to them and there friends for teachings. It made me sickened and disgusted at the depravity of it.

    Tienemen and Falon Gong are two examples of how control of the press and strict censorship allows governments to get away with murder; quite literally. On the flip side, it illustrates how dangerous our own media ownership laws are when much of the media can be owned and controlled by a few with vested interests.

    If you control what people know you can very strongly influence their opinions.

  9. I can’t believe that the government wouldn’t allow the social media sites to remember this horific event – how can they still have that much power over the media in this day and age? It just doesn’t sound right.
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  10. Hi Sean,

    A lovely tribute to those who stood up for what they believe in and paid the ultimate price.
    Lets hope we are not heading down the same path. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Unfortunately we have not had eternal vigilance because we have had full bellies and rights are being eroded more each day. Especially concerning traffic fines.

    UPMART.org teaches that we can avoid government domination by denouncing VR and DL (see website for details) Unfortunately the Australian people are, even at this time, in fear and will not protest against unjust traffic fines. Not even now while it is still relatively safe to do so. Indications are that if (when) there is ever a showdown here, the majority will simply acquiesce without a whimper. This appears factual and even though we have protection under the Annotated Constitution of the Australian Commonwealth against unjust laws. Rights are not being claimed simply because very few people know about the great protection we have under our constitution. If you don’t claim your rights you WILL lose them, MM – Tienanmen Square can happen here also because the government does not fear the people.

  11. Well, Google is having a massive row at the moment with the Chinese government about the censorship of their search engine results. I remember being in Tiananmen Square in 2006. Not a word could be whispered about what happened. When I went to internet cafes, I was shocked that I was required to hand in my passport – presumably as a measure to monitor my internet usage.

    In Australia, we can make fun of Kevin 747, John Howard’s eyebrows and politicians’ sex scandals without fear from our government. What a different world we live in.
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  12. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    Thank-you for this story. The video clip was some unbelievable footage. The Chinese students showed incredible courage and were obviously prepared to do whatever was necessary to get their word out to the rest of the world.

    It’s times like this that I feel really disappointed in the UN. I always think that they are a toothless tiger. The UN should be there to protect all people; even from their own Governments. There are so many instances in history where the UN should have intervened and didn’t.

    I don’t think that the USA should be the self appointed guardian of civil rights. I think the UN should have a force that is made up from all the different countries in the world. It should be the Army, Navy and Air Force. They should use their military might when things like this happen. They should not be peace keepers. They are the ones who should go in to fight and protect the citizens of any country in need. This way countries would not be able to start wars for their own agenda.

    Yes, I know it’s just a pipe dream.

  13. 1989 was a remarkable year, full of big events in regards to freedom, democracy and outcries. The German wall came down after a long series of peaceful protests and China had the opposite – also a peaceful protest but a totally different reaction. Its saddening that events like this still happen in our world, but I think it is mainly driven by fear. Fear of the ones in power to loose their power.
    Even today there is still a long way to go to allow everybody the freedom we enjoy in Australia (and Europe and and and), but I think the Internet and the growing communication and travel of “normal” people will help to achieve that goal.
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  14. Thanks for the reminder Sean.
    I remember seeing the footage on TV at the time. I was utterly dumbfounded. I had the same feeling watching the 2 planes on 9/11.

    What were they thinking? They didn’t think the word would get out. And to block access on the anniversary was going to make it go away? Those in power should be thinking what if a majority of the population decide to rebel. Would they be able to stop it?

    It never ceases to amaze me how humanity is so inhumane
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  15. Hello Sean,

    I have seen this post before and have commented on it in 2009. I watched the video again, and still have chills down my spine. I am amazed a YouTube clip was allowed with the rules and regulations of the Chinese Governments. I am glad there is one made, so that they can not hide the horror that one man’s orders caused. Rest In Peace all those that were taken far too early in Tiananmen Square, and may you never be forgotten.

    Cheers Sean for sharing.
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  16. This is the type of history I wished they taught in school – I would have paid attention. It’s incredible the countries still devalue the voices of individuals when it’s been proven so often how much better for the country it is to recognize each person for who they are and what they can become if given the right support.
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