25 Years Since Tiananmen Square Massacre
Twenty-five years ago today Chinese troops moved in on protestors in Beijing's Tiananmen Square killing hundreds.
Troy University graduate, a native of China, Qi Han describes the 1980's as a time of hope and promise in China working towards liberty and freedom.
But he says, Tiananmen Square was a turning point. The push towards democracy did not prevail. And Han says today Chinese leaders still try to keep the anniversary quiet.
Qi Han said, "A lot of people don't want to talk about this because they don't want to be harassed. Once they know you are active in something, once they know you care about this kind of incident they will start haunting you. Every year at the anniversary they will talk to you, national security they will talk to you."
Michael Slobodchikoff, Expert Comparative Politics & International Relations said, "We always remember the one image of the man standing in front of the tank...Who's willing to give his life for democracy...25 years ago these students were willing to give up their lives and they did give up their lives for democracy in China."
Chinese police and paramilitary troops are on patrol ensuring no public commemorations events occur.
Police and troops today patrolled the square and the surrounding streets. They stopped vehicles, and demanded identification from passers-by.