tirsdag 21. mai 2019

The high price of denial: the cost to China of sweeping the Tiananmen crackdown under the carpet

When You Weijie’s husband was killed in the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, the only official acknowledgement she received was a small cash payment from her work unit. You’s husband, 42-year-old patent office worker Yang Minghu, was caught in gunfire on a Beijing street as the military advanced to the square to enforce martial law.

Yang was sympathetic to the pro-democracy protesters and left his home early on June 4 to check on their safety. He was struck by a bullet as troops fired into a crowd, becoming one of the hundreds, perhaps more than 1,000, who died as troops quashed protests that the national leadership saw as a threat to Communist Party rule.