A Hong Kong tradition mourning the victims of the 1989 crackdown in Beijing is under threat, but activists like Chow Hang Tung believe it is important to keep the event goinghttps://t.co/QMgpeewLEE pic.twitter.com/ro8zkEta4M
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 4, 2021
Hong Kong police arrested activist Chow Hang Tung, vice-chairwoman of the group that organizes annual vigils for the victims of China’s 1989 Tiananmen crackdown on pro-democracy protesters https://t.co/tk4RKKYdU1 pic.twitter.com/w7JouWXLr1
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 4, 2021
PHOTOS: Citing the pandemic, Hong Kong authorities have banned the vigil marking the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square for the second consecutive year. Here is Hong Kong's June 4 candlelit vigil through the years. https://t.co/iuVg8g3OjB
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 2, 2021
China’s 1989 Tiananmen crackdown on pro-democracy protesters will not be officially commemorated by the ruling Communist Party or government. Here are some landmark dates leading up to the demonstrations and the crackdown that followed https://t.co/FiFIj4xzH9 pic.twitter.com/kDLbRvuTjF
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 4, 2021
32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. This photo was taken the day before the famous tank man photo. The Chinese regime massacred hundreds of unarmed protesters demanding democratic rule pic.twitter.com/wAcetNJJYR
— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) June 3, 2021
not gonna lie, i took for granted our ability to commemorate tiananmen 8964 in hong kong. i regret that i didn't take more footage of the vigils i attended. this is from 2012. pic.twitter.com/O8JzAnNtKr
— lokman tsui (@lokmantsui) June 3, 2021
Hong Kong police banned a vigil commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. Here are comments on the anniversary from people in Hong Kong https://t.co/QEXpz4uSek pic.twitter.com/DtTwvqcdrg
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 4, 2021
AP PHOTOS: An exhibit of photographs and paraphernalia in memory of the bloody 1989 crackdown on Tiananmen Square has opened in Hong Kong. The exhibit comes even as authorities have banned the annual June 4 vigil for a second year. https://t.co/4Bk6qxAX0u
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 31, 2021
.@hka8964 says it’s closing its museum on the 1989 #TiananmenSquare crackdown temporarily, after authorities accused it of running the place without the required licenses. Legal advice will be sought, it adds.
— Timmy Sung ?? (@timmysung) June 2, 2021
June 4, 2021, will not just be the 32nd year anniversary of a massacre China refuses to acknowledge. It will also be a litmus test of Hong Kong's civil society, what is left of it and can still exist, amid the crush of authoritarianism. w/ @theodorayuhk https://t.co/mKzoS1Apyg
— Shibani Mahtani (@ShibaniMahtani) June 1, 2021
Ahead of Tiananmen anniversary, Taiwan calls on China to return power to the people https://t.co/kH4xkJc2bv pic.twitter.com/FiMucetx7w
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 3, 2021
I missed this last year, but still incredibly relevant, by @rzhongnotes "Uprisings are begun by ordinary people and crushed by people just as ordinary. Today of all days, it’s time to start remembering that." https://t.co/tmUAiJRiaW
— Gina Anne Tam ??? (@DGTam86) June 3, 2021
It will happen here once authoritarianism permiates the military from jcs to grunts. We were lucky the jcs firewalled Trump.
If Taiwan were a person, it would have the biggest cohones in the room.
Favorite story of the day so far:
The Gizmo article includes a 40-minute video of the event but neglects to point readers to the time when the dongcopter interrupts the speech. After attempting to find a shorter clip on YouTube, I can report that searching “dongcopter” on that platform returns some surprising results, but alas no clip of the incident in question.
Which is the dildo and which is the sheriff?
I can’t believe it was 32 years ago.
The big three at the time were China, the USSR, and the USA. Look at us now. The actual crises we faced then were completely ignored and allowed to worsen. Wonder how things will look 32 years from now.
Adios Bohdi, nearly 17 years wasn’t enough.
It’s clipped in this:
My cousin sent me this yesterday (with a comment about the relative boringness of Canadian politics). I wrote back saying that I plan to name my next band “The Flying Dildos.”
@raven: Aw man. I’m so sorry. He was the best boy.
@Betty Cracker: We said he’d tell us and he did.
Oh Raven ??
I know you’ve been expecting this for quite a while. It’s still the toughest thing.
RIP Bohdi, a very good boy.
Back then, authoritarian governments were not common; now, authoritarian-leaning countries are just about everywhere, it seems.
I am so, so sorry.
@raven: Ah shit. Sorry, man.
@raven: Raven, I’m so sorry. Losing an old friend is no easier when they’re ready to move on…
May the thought of him soon bring a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eyes!
I’m so sorry, Raven.
So sorry, raven ???
Good Morning, Everyone ???
@raven: My condolences.
@rikyrah: Good morning.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@raven: Oh I’m so sorry!
@Anne Laurie: Thanks for that.
Would tossing in “as” before common have been a good idea?
Good morning! ?
@raven: I’m so sorry; what a sweetheart.
@raven: Damn. So sorry. I know he will be missed.
@raven: I’m so sorry. What a sweet picture.
@raven: Oh, I’m sorry to hear. What a run all of you had together!
What a beautiful boy. So incredibly sorry for your loss.
@raven: Oh no. So sorry. He was beautiful.
Native American tribe in Maine buys back island taken 160 years ago
The Thin Black Duke
@raven: I’m sorry.
Leaving aside when there were more authoritarian governments, I do want to know just WTF needs to happen for humanity to be able to address the actual problems we face. Even now while we are still dealing with a global pandemic, the GQP states are jumping on the super important issues of policing the playing of sports and use of restrooms, denying people their right to vote, and firing up gas chambers for capital punishment.
Gin & Tonic
@raven: So sorry. That’s a hell of a run.
This school year began with me losing a dog and tomorrow my beloved and oh so sweet Kendall will be going. I thought it would be easier than when we lost Jackson, because she was never quite as attached to me, but it is devastating just the same.
Oh no. I’m so sorry.
Sorry to hear it. Condolences to you.
I wish I could think of something. It’s beginning to seem like power is more primal than sex ever has been. What would Freud say?!?
So very sorry for your losses.
Anyone watch Law and Order: Organized Crime?
What did you think about the season finale?
So sorry for your loss ??
They’re never just pets to us, are they? Each one of them is a loving and beloved individual, whose memory stays with us all our lives. Rest in peace, Bohdi. There will be other dogs, but never another Bohdi.
I’m very sorry. It’s always so hard.
Raven used to post this quote from Irving Townsend when jackals had to say goodbye to beloved animal companions. I’ll post it today for both of you (ETA: and everyone else who is remembering a beloved departed pet, which I think is pretty much the entire Jackaltariat):
After watching 2 search results, I highly recommend everyone do some searching on YouTube.
Gin & Tonic
@debbie: “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac” – Henry Kissinger.
@raven: Damn, man. Damn. Always too soon, always too few years.
(I never had an animal companion, but Dickey’s poem has always felt to me fitting. I’m confident you guys will tell me if it’s not.)
@raven: Oh raven, I’m so sorry. It’s hard to lose a member of your family.
@Van Buren: So sorry.
@raven: RIP to the bestest. Sorry for your loss.
@raven: Sorry, man. That’s never easy.
@debbie: The entire continent of Africa is screaming right now.
Though yes, it is alarming to see cracks in the foundations of established democracies. It’s kind of crazy how that whole BRICS thing turned out, neh?
Fortunately we have been handed a chance to arrest that slide.
@MomSense: Speaking of, in MO some Republicans in the state legislature want the governor to call a special session for the extremely important issue of regulating how cities spend the money they’ve budgeted for police, as in prohibiting them from spending it on anything Republicans disagree with. I wish someone was able to kill the myth that Republicans are all for local control, because that’s a lie – they’re only for local control when it’s things they agree with. I swear, they need to quit trying to make policy based on being pissed off at St. Louis officials, because that’s what drives most of their hissy fits.
Oh, raven, I’m so sorry.
So very sorry for your loss.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Van Buren: What a bad year. I’m sorry.
Local control – ha! We can’t even control our own uteruses and those are pretty fucking local.
Ave atque vale Bohdi.
We shall all miss the tales your dad has told of you, to share the love he has for you.
Bohdi on the Bridge.
American politics in a nutshell:
A not very long thread follows.
As a former STLian, I can only say, “I am so proud.”
Oh, I am so, so sorry. What a wonderful dog. You gave him a great life.
@OzarkHillbilly: Most of our voters are actually individually more partisan than that–there’s less ticket-splitting and party-switching than you might think; that’s just the collective effect of the whole electorate. It’s a good description of a certain type of centrist, but it’s more a matter of differential enthusiasm of voters, combined with the historical tendency of a large subset of Democratic voters to not vote downticket at all.
@raven: Aw man, so sorry to hear this. Feel for ya brother.
Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes
Really sorry for your loss.
@debbie: It all goes beck to sex with Freud.
@raven: Oh Raven, I am so sorry.
Rachel’s first 20 or so minutes last night was devoted to MO legislators. There’s the Republican woman who claimed she had invented a “stem cell” cure for Covid-19 and a slew of other ailments; she’s under indictment but Republican leadership won’t fire her.
There’s the Republican man whose grown children have accused him of sexual abuse and begged Republican leadership not to seat him, but they did.
There’s the other Republican man, a former cop, who had sex with a drunk teenage girl while he was on duty; his former chief of police begged Republican leadership not to seat him, but they did.
Did I mention that they’re all Republicans? Funniest coincidence.
@Matt McIrvin: I am talking about America as a collective voter, not any particular individual. I think the results are dependent on voter turnout and which side has more enthusiasm. There are those of us who vote every election and the rest who only vote once every 4 years… If they feel like it.
@raven: I’m very sorry. But not only did Bohdi give you a long life filled with adventure, he also gave me (and many others, I suspect) moments of real happiness. Fishing with Bohdi and him trying to get that Whistle Pig are moments I will always hold dear and which always bring a smile.
So he will get to find out before you what the other side might be like and whether Lil Bit is running in the fields.
@SiubhanDuinne: Must see TV! and I hardly ever say that. As to those individuals, pretty typical for Misery.
@Soprano2: They have a deep and principled commitment to control by whatever level of government is most dominated by Republicans.
@raven: I’m so sorry for your loss.
Ceci n est pas mon nym
About Hong Kong: I highly recommend the 20-minute documentary “Do Not Split” about the Hong Kong protests and the new security law.
Remember Louis DeJoy? He’s still there but perhaps not for much longer. Biden’s three nominees for the USPS Board of Governors have all been approved. (See here for instance). And the FBI is getting interested in him.
That woman has a clinic in my city that serves low income people. This story has been in our paper for a couple of months now. She’s the rep for the district just south of Springfield. It’s her first election. The people down there probably still love her.
And Rachel didn’t even talk about crazy Mike Moon https://www.google.com/search?q=mike+moon+missouri&rlz=1C1GCEA_enUS955US955&oq=Mike+moon+&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0i355j46j0l7.4523j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 MO Republicans aren’t any crazier than Republicans in other states; some of them are worse.
Mother Jones (@MotherJones) tweeted at 5:37 PM on Thu, Jun 03, 2021:
[email protected]’s cover story goes deep into the push to restrict voting rights, revealing how the GOP’s plans are just a repeat of history: https://t.co/UwwyVCYXK0
This is the truth that should be repeated over and over and over again.
@raven: So sorry. The picture melted my heart.
This is him:
I had a long running case involving a fundamentalist religious sect and child (and animal) abuse and the women who leave and become dissenters and opponents are really interesting. I say “women” because just women contacted me. They’ve grown up in these sects so they’re odd to a “modern” person- quiet, serious, really polite, but furious. They’re a force to be reckoned with :)
I always think of them when I watch Handmaid’s Tale.
@Van Buren: It’s never easy. ??
@Kay: I read an interesting book about women who leave the FLDS church. Under the Banner of Heaven.
They have to be formidable to survive that treatment.
Sure he is.
@raven: very sorry to hear it, raven. hang in there.
@raven: Deepest condolences on the loss of your very good boy, so soon after the loss of your sweet girl. You gave them wonderful lives.
@raven: Condolences to you and all who loved him. Thanks for sharing him with us.
@raven: I am so sorry! It’s so hard to lose them because they bring such love and joy into our lives.
@Gin & Tonic:
I just hate it when he’s right.
When did they start calling it a “crackdown”?
Almost makes you think human nature itself sucks.
Loved that book. They have big problems getting out. No high school diploma, no credit history, no medical history (this group was opposed to any traditional medical treatment) – one of them didn’t have a birth certificate. I kept up with one of the women for a time. She would come by and tell me what she was doing. They weren’t really rural people- they had just purchased property out in the country for a kind of compound but they didn’t know what they were doing, so they would have the women doing things like planting 5 acres of strawberries and cultivating by hand. No one ever made any money. It was literally just work to keep them working (and controlled) all the time.
@Van Buren: Condolences to you also. May this last day together allow for many snuggles and loves before your goodbye.
@OzarkHillbilly: Broom closet!
You know, sometimes you have to act affirmatively.
There’s always a demand. Just fuck off and leave them alone. How about that.
They need advice from these people?
@Soprano2: that serves low income people
For brunch only, or also dinner? Hardly original, especially around here, but these are cartoonishly horrid people.
@rikyrah: Good! I’m glad the sergeant is getting more screen time. Writers need to develop a couple of more characters on her team to balance Stabler. Did you see SVU finale? I love Garland and it’s heart wrenching to see what he’s enduring.ETA what’s your opinion?
@Van Buren: I am sorry for your loss.
@Van Buren: @raven:
My sympathies to both of you.
@Kay: STFU is pretty good advice more often than not.
@raven: I’m so sorry to hear that.
@Van Buren: I’m sorry to hear this.
@raven: I’m so sorry, Raven. He was a Good Dog.
@Kay: My husband got me that book “Uneducated” by Tara Westover. It was at turns inspiring and horrifying. It’s hard to believe the government allows people to treat their children like that, but all people have to say is “religious belief” and “homeschool” and people are allowed to do pretty much anything they want. It’s a miracle she and her brother got out, and tragic that she couldn’t persuade more of them to leave that life. The stuff about her abusive brother was something else.
@raven: I’m so sorry to hear the news. I’ve enjoyed hearing about him and seeing his pictures in your comments. He’ll be missed by lots of us.
@Kay: Dear God.
That stuff right there is why we can’t just “write off” the south, or wherever.
@Van Buren: I know the feeling, Nikki was my wife’s dog, she would just sit and stare at her. But she was a presence here that is no more. My condolences.
It will be up to us to stop the GOP pivot into authoritarianism. Otherwise, someone in the future will be saying this about our democracy.
I posted the below comment in A.L.’s TAM anniversary post last year, but was late to the discussion. I will post it again for your reference:
I was in 6th grade in 1989, that spring and early summer was a truly heady time. I could barely comprehend what was being shown on the news, but I distinctly remember a sort of hopeful carnival atmosphere in the cities. The CCP leadership was divided and paralyzed as to how to respond to the protest movement, there was overwhelming support among the urban population. Even cadets from police academies were marching on the streets.
I would not say the vast majority were marching for democracy at the time, most had no idea what it is. Most of the students only had vague notions, too. What united the people was anger against growing corruption, bouts of hyperinflation, the shock of the economic cycle (after decades on the iron rice bowl, which were in the process of being dismantled). Urbanites saw their fixed incomes decimated by inflation, and yet access to foodstuffs and daily necessities were still rationed (buying stuff required both cash and ration coupons). Urbanites were definitely marching for personal freedom, since the Party was much more intrusive into people’s lives, which were closely supervised and monitored by one’s work unit, even marriage were often arranged and approved by cadres in work units. Central to the movement were the intellectual class, which had been privileged for millennia in Chinese society, but who had suffered immensely during the Anti-Rightist Campaign and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution during the Mao years. The reforms and loosening of the 80s brought them first hope, then frustration, as they found themselves marginalized economically in the first decade of reforms. Students were assigned work places after graduation, university professors earned less than street vendors. They were inspired by the loosening in the fUSSR and Eastern Europe.
However, after the People’s Daily published a harsh editorial denouncing the protest movement in late Apr., those with more experience with the CCP rule knew the sky was darkening. I remember my maternal grandfather warning my older cousin, who was a freshman in college at the time, not to go to the streets. He even told my uncle and aunt to make sure the cousin stayed in the dormitory. He said a crack down was coming, and it would end in tears.
By late May, the movement was running out of steam. A hardcore group of about 3K students held out at the Tiananmen Square by the evening of June 3rd, fortified by the more enthusiastic recent arrivals from the provinces, whereas many of from Beijing’s universities had gone back to campus or home. The daily marches dwindled in number, as Beijingers generally returned to work and life. That was when Deng Xiaoping ordered the army to march in and clear out the Square. The regime either underestimated the reaction of Beijing’s citizenry to the use of military force, or did not care. Beijing residents came out onto the streets in throngs to stop the soldiers, building makeshift barricades along Chang’an Avenue to slow their movement toward the Square. It appears the soldiers were ordered to clear the Square by any means necessary, but it is not known what prompted their shifting warning shots into the air to aimed shots into the crowds, nor the rule of engagement clear (many reports of soldiers firing into the apartment buildings that lined Chang’an Avenue, where families of government officials lived). The vast majority of the blood spilled that tragic evening were along the approaches to the Square, not in the Square itself.
I have always wondered why the regime did not simply wait out the protest movement, a few more weeks might have seen it peter outs. On the other hand, the protests in 1989 was the last of a series of protest movements throughout the 80s. The regime probably knew that if the one in ’89 ended, it could reignite at any moment on any fuse.
In hindsight, there was no chance that the movement in ’89 could have toppled the CCP regime, unless the regime itself gave up. The protest movements in the 80s were entirely urban, but Chinese population was 90% rural at the time. The peasants were the first beneficiaries of the Reform and Opening, during its first decade, the Party retained enormous support in the countryside at the time. The vast majority of the soldiers and officers in the army also came from the countryside.
After suppressing the movement, the CCP regime suffered a crisis in legitimacy among the urban population. There was policy paralysis for 3 years, as the leadership debated how to proceed. Deng Xiaoping broke the impasse in 1992 and turbocharged economic reforms. The regime then systematically went about addressing the grievances of the urban intellectuals and workers that fueled the protests. The Party steadily retreated from people’s personal lives. People had substantial freedom of movement, the work unit loomed ever less, college students were allowed freedom of employment, urban wages increased rapidly. During the second and third decades of Reform and Opening, it was the urbanites and intellectuals who benefited, the rural population that fell behind, and China saw the most rapid urbanization drive in the history of mankind. I have heard Sinologists say that the CCP regime rarely admits error, but generally learn from its mistakes. (Failure to sustain regulations of wildlife trade i wet markets after SARS in 2003, is clearly an exception!) That is why the regime has survived for so long, and its rule still appears to be secure. The People’s Liberation Army suffered a body blow to its prestige for firing on civilians, and it took two decades of enormous and truly heroic efforts at disaster relief, as well as massive propaganda effort, to substantially repair that damage.
I think it is true that most Chinese have chosen amnesia with respect to the Tiananmen Square Tragedy. It was still hotly discussed and debated among the Mainland Chinese emigres overseas in the 90s, such as my father and his circle of friends, but the subject just does not come up any more. When prompted, people of the Tiananmen Generation, including those who marched and occupied the Square, often would concede (even in private, even when not in China) that restoring order was the correct decision, though they would still denounce the regime for employing such violence. Yes, the subject is indeed taboo in Mainland China, but it is not difficult to hop over the Great Fire Wall with VPN. Tens of millions of Chinese tourists venture overseas every year, tens of thousands of students go abroad annually to pursue higher education. Any bookstore in Hong Kong (still), Macau or Taiwan will have volumes on the Tiananmen Square Tragedy featured prominently, along with shelves of material denouncing the evils of the CCP regime. The odd Mainlander may pick up a volume, out off curiosity, but I do not sense these have any impact at all. Even the Mainland Chinese immigrants educated and living overseas, anti-CCP is definitely in the small minority, though I would not say most are actually pro-CCP, either. It is pretty common to encounter people who were much more anti-CCP when they were in China, but became more patriotic and more pro-CCP after leaving China, either physically or virtually via VPN. The commonly cited reasons: the ugly reality of democratic politics as practiced in the US/UK/AUS/CAN (where the vast majority went), the stunning hypocrisy of western politicians’ commentaries on China, and the clear bias and myopia of Western MSM coverage of China.
I guess performance legitimacy is real. The Chinese dream for the past two centuries has been restoring the nation and its people to position of wealth and power. That was the goal of generations of reformers and revolutionaries, since the end of the First Opium War and the start of the “Century of Humiliation”. Whether their leaning was liberal democrat, fascist or communist, monarchist or republican, that was the common aim. All the “-isms” were merely means to that end. The CCP regime is now delivering on restoring wealth and power to China, and dramatically improving the lives of the vast majority of the people in the process. That goes a loooong way.
Remember when Liberals were laughing at and mocking people who had paid back their debts getting angry at suggestions of “student loan forgiveness”?
Well, it looks like the shoe has now been placed on the other foot. Pro-vaxxers who already got their shots are not-so-keen at these latest giveaways from the states…
Not judging, just noting.
I know we’ve got a bunch of Hollywood pre-code movie fans here. Free program, an hour from now, 1:30 p EDT, but you have to sign up in advance with Eventbrite. I’ve watched several Zoom programs from the City of Westminster UK Libraries — they have wonderful events about film (the film music of Bernard Herrmann, James Mason) …
A very powerful observation.
Thank you for your comments.
@Uncle Cosmo: That’s my favorite poem.
@david: I’m fine with it. My prize is, I got free vaccine and I was vaccinated (to some degree) while all these other people were playing Russian roulette. That’s worth something to me.
Aarrrgh! Just missed it.
Hope it shows up on YouTube.
@YY_Sima Qian: My comment may be too late, but I very much appreciate you sharing insight into Chinese governance and citizens’ response to government actions. Thank you!
@raven: Oh no. All my love to you and the princess right now.
So sorry to hear this.