Column of Type 59 tanks on Tienanmen Square, 4 June 1989
(“Where are you going?”)
“I’m going to Tiananmen square.”
“Because It’s my duty.”
Duty is a powerful thing. It is not a sense of obligation towards the government or the state, but to your country, or county, or even your community. These young men and women were patriots, eager to fight with words and their very presence against tyranny.
31 years ago, we remember the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and the government still in power that deemed them enemies of the state and tried to make them disappear.
Chinese Type 59-II medium tanks (factory designation-WZ-120V) at a checkpoint blocking the passage along Chang’an Jie Avenue towards Tiananmen square, Beijing, China, June 6, 1989
Happening right now in Hong Kong – the police is firing rubber bullets and using batons, pepper spray, tear gas and water cannons on peaceful protesters who took the streets to protest against the passing of a controversial law which would allow China to extradite people.
Protesters set up camps, gave out snacks and surgical masks before all of this started. Tanks are apparenrly out in the streets as well and people are being hurt as I write this, but they are not backing down.
Most of the protesters are young people, university students, even high schoolers.
The police are now stopping ambulances trying to help the injured and are taking people out of the ambulances and arresting them insteading of letting them get the help they need. This could cost people their lives, their vision (they aimed the rubber bullets in the heads of the protesters), etc. It’s like those police officers forgot what their jobs actually are and lost their humanity in the process.
The man covered in blood and lying on the floor in one of the photos above is a journalist and the police shot him in the head! The protesters moved to let the ambulance pass through and directed them to the man and let them pass to the hospital freely, clapping at the ambulance workers all the while. The man has since lost consciousness and his condition is reported as being serious.
Meanwhile, the police had since blocked other ambulance vehicles from passing through and arrested the injured.
A video of the journalist being shot was captured and is currently spreading on social media – in it, you can see that the man was just standing there and didn’t do anything to warrant being shot whatsoever.
More tear gas and rubber bullets have been released on the protesters, who are risking their lives to fight for their freedoms and refuse to back down! If you are in Hong Kong right now, you have my heart, please stay safe.