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In the words of Nicholas Kristoff, an eyewitness, as he recalls in the NYT on the June 4 massacre at Tiananmen Square:
The night was filled with gunfire — and with Chinese standing their ground to block the troops. I parked my bike at Tiananmen, and the People’s Liberation Army soon arrived from the other direction. The troops fired volley after volley at the crowd on the Avenue of Eternal Peace; at first I thought these were blanks, but then the night echoed with screams and people began to crumple.
The image still haunts, because of the events that followed, and because so little has really changed.
Still no representation or democracy, still Corruption and repression. No rule of Law, only the Parties law and the gun’s of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
And the Party still has to acknowledge, let alone answer for their actions. We still still don’t know how many thousands died, how many were jail, and how many are still in jail. No amount of economic gains can justify the massacre.