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Listen to the First Detailed Account of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 11:21 AM

Chinese dissident Shen Tong describes 28 October, 1992 to the press at the Newton headquarters of the Democracy for China Fund his detention experiences after being arrested in China for pro-democracy (John Mottern/AFP/Getty Images)

After escaping from China to the United States, a 20-year-old student leader of the democracy movement at Tiananmen Square gave a press conference.  On June 30, 1989, Shen Tong was hosted by the Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange in Newton, Massachusetts. He provided the first detailed, eye-witness account by a student leader of the Tiananmen Square massacre and of the events that led up to it.

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

TIANANMEN SQUARE and all other massive rallies to convey with authority the unrighteousness of a governing body do energize the populace to reevaluate the political scenario. Whatever one says or does nowadays is taken as if much thought and conscience deliberating was involved. Too much of what has to be done is simply avoided or rebuked. Civilization requires a sense of common good and search for ways to improve the common lot. Greed accomplishes distrust, even hatred, makes cooperation difficult if not impossible. I remember singing in Europe in the 1960s how deep was the hatred of the Germans, even more than 15 years after the second World War. We sense, no know,what many in our country feel about our own internal struggles.

Jul. 02 2014 08:02 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

TIANANMEN SQUARE and all other massive rallies to convey with authority the unrighteousness of a governing body do energize the populace to reevaluate the political scenario. Whatever one says or does nowadays is taken as if much thought and conscience deliberating was involved. Too much of what has to be done is simply avoided or rebuked. Civilization requires a sense of common good and search for ways to improve the common lot. Greed accomplishes distrust, even hatred, makes cooperation difficult if not impossible. I remember singing in Europe in the 1960s how deep was the hatred of the Germans, even more than 15 years after the second World War. We sense, no know,what many in our country feel about our own internal struggles.

Jul. 02 2014 07:58 PM

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