Tiananmen Square: Doing Something Vs Doing Nothing

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June 4th, 1989 is a day that changed China forever. Children growing up in China today will not be able to learn about every aspect of their country in schools, even the most important events. Even though the people in China are forbidden to even talk about it, it is still an important event in history not only in China, but the whole world. There were a lot of causes that shaped the massacre and the goals were very hard to be achieved, but the people of China never gave up. Censorship played a major role in this event. The Tiananmen Square incident of 1989 will never be forgotten.

The death of Hu Yaobang, the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, was a major cause of the June Fourth Incident. Hu Yaobang's death led many people, especially university students, to believe it was the end of social reforms. Yaobang's death led many students to call for confrontation between themselves and the government. The confrontation escalated to the ...view middle of the document...

One thing they wanted the most was social equality. Every protester wanted to be treated the same and they all wanted to have equal rights under the law. Protesters also wanted to obtain freedom of the press and freedom of speech. People in China were not allowed to express themselves through published materials, nor were they allowed to speak openly and freely about their opinions. Another major goal of the protesters was to finally obtain a sense of democracy, or a government by the people. The protesters wanted faster political reform and guarantees of these rights. Lastly, an end to government corruption was something the protesters wanted. The protesters probably knew that these goals were going to be hard to fulfill, but they never gave up.

While some of the goals of the protesters were achieved, some were not. There is still heavy censorship in China. Since the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, officials reported newspapers to screen out anything relating to the event. Anything on television in China involving the protests were to be blacked out. Today in schools, teachers are not allowed to teach anything about the protests. Authorities do not ever want to mention the Tiananmen Square Incident. For instance, if a person in China types in “Tiananmen Square Massacre” in a search engine, no results will be found. This “method” is called whitewashing, or deliberately attempting to conceal unpleasant facts. Why would the protest be censored? Officials say this use of force was necessary in order to control a political disturbance. Officials also said the censorship helped to ensure the stability that is obligatory for economic success. The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 have and always will be one of the most notable censored events in China.

The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 changed how the Chinese felt about their government and how they were being treated in their country. No matter how hard achieving what they wanted would be, giving up was not an option. This was a very serious event in history that should not be ignored. Even though children growing up will not get the chance to learn about what happened due to censorship, the event is still a very important matter. The Tiananmen square protests of 1989 will never be forgotten, no matter how hard it tries to be kept a secret.

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