Updated: June 4, 2014 – 25 Years after Tiananmen Square, China’s human rights abuses continue…
“I have always found it shameful that Barbados – a nation founded with the assistance of chains, whips, rape and cultural genocide – now so easily supports nations involved in slavery and human rights violations.”
Barbados Continues To Ignore China’s Slave Camps & African Exploitation In Return For Money
Updated for 2014: Twenty-five years ago the despots of the Chinese Communist Government sent the tanks into Tiananmen Square and throughout Beijing to crush a growing call for democracy. Thousands were murdered – shot, bayoneted and crushed by the treads of tanks. After the attacks, secret police visited the hospitals and took away the wounded survivors.
Nobody can say that the Chinese Communists aren’t efficient, if ruthless, when it comes to using the power of the state to achieve and continue in power.
And nobody can claim that the Chinese Communists don’t know how to control the press and re-write history. They have very effectively expunged any reference to the massacre from their media and public consciousness – even going so far as to ban athletes from Olympic competition if they or their family members had any connection to Tiananmen Square.
On the twentieth anniversary of the massacre, Tiananmen Square was again ringed with police, troops and secret police to prevent foreign journalists and activists from contributing to the global memory of the event by reporting from the site of the mass murder.
But China need not worry too much about either domestic or foreign reporting of the anniversary. Fox News and Rupert Murdock long ago traded silence for business concessions. The same with Yahoo and Google.
So Barbados is in good company when our media fails to mention the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
And in return for our media and government silence about ongoing human rights abuses by China, Barbados enjoys gifts of books, computers, development and cash. Prime Minister Thompson and our Bajan news media recently renewed our vows of silence in exchange for a trip and some trinkets.
You want irony? How about the photo of the Barbados Haggatt Hall Football Club accepting a new ball and other equipment from the Chinese Ambassador? It turns out that soccer balls are made in the Chinese slave camps. Yup, descendants of Barbados slaves happily accepted the products of a slave camp system from the Chinese massa. THAT, my friends, is masterful irony.
Would Bussa Have Traded His Silence For Cash?
I have always found it shameful that Barbados – a nation founded with the assistance of chains, whips, rape and cultural genocide – now so easily supports nations involved in slavery and human rights violations. Whether it is our support for Iran’s hanging of children and amputations as punishment, or our “look the other way” while China maintains the world’s largest slave camp system within her borders and China uses slave labour in Africa, Barbados long ago lost the moral high ground at the United Nations.
(YES – Barbados actually voted at the UN to protect Iran’s use of torture, floggings, amputations as punishment, discrimination and violence against women and executions of children like Ateqeh Rajabi. Rajabi was hanged at 16 years old for the offence of having sex outside of marriage. Barbados supported and still supports Iran’s “right” to execute children.)
What Happened To Tank Man… the Man With The Briefcase?
On June 5, 1989, one day after the Chinese Army cleared Tiananmen Square, one man with a briefcase blocked a column of tanks. The iconic image has come to symbolise the entire month of protests and massacres. But what happened to the man?
PBS (I think Public Broadcasting System) in the USA has posted a video documentary online that tells the story of the massacres and tankman – and it is worth your time. I didn’t know that most of the killing took place outside of the square. I didn’t know that millions were protesting throughout China – so effective has the Chinese effort been to change history and purge the memory of those days from the public mind and historical record.
Human Rights Watch: Tiananmen’s Unhealed Wounds