DESPITE the authorities' taboo on open discussion of the June 4
crackdown, mainland people who participated in the 1989 pro-democracy
movement have never forgotten the military crackdown.
Though ten years have passed, they are now trying to draw lessons from
the ill-fated movement.
"My colleagues and I well remember June 4 every year. How could we _
who had participated in the movement _ forget?" a woman now working
in the Special Economic Zone of Shenzhen, said.
"The atmosphere is more tense now than in previous years, therefore
we could only talk about it in private," she said.
As well as private conversations, people were keen on exchanging views
on the Internet.
In an apparent move to dilute the impact of the 10th anniversary of
the massacre, the municipal authorities have, since the end of last
month, blacked out all news reports and feature stories on the
crackdown aired by Hong Kong television broadcast through
government-run cable channels.
The authorities used to black out sensitive programs and replace them
with coloured bars.
However, this year the bars have been replaced with old news footage,
leaving viewers completely at a loss as to what was happening on the
In Beijing, where more than one million residents took to the streets
ten years ago, there is less enthusiasm than before.
"I helped my child do his homework until late every night recently. I
almost forget the 10th anniversary of June 4," an intellectual said.
He would not mention the anniversary at home so as not to affect his
child, who was due to sit the university entrance exam.
On campus, most students were busy studying for exams later this
month, a teacher said, adding the campus authorities believed the
anniversary would be passed in peace.
"The 10th anniversary has been diluted by the bombing of the Chinese
embassy in Belgrade," a Peking University student said.
"It is really ridiculous that this year, Washington ensured Beijing
passed the most sensitive anniversary in peace," the student said,
adding his classmates seldom mentioned the massacre.
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