Tiananmen Square Massacre 25 Years Later: Hugs and Kisses From Barbados As We Trade Our Silence For Cash

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

tiananmen-square-crushedUpdated 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.

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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?

bussa-barbados-hengreaves-paterika.jpgI 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?

Tiananmen_tank1.jpgOn 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.

PBS: Tank Man – Documentary about Tiananmen Square & the Massacres

Human Rights Watch: Tiananmen’s Unhealed Wounds

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44 responses to “Tiananmen Square Massacre 25 Years Later: Hugs and Kisses From Barbados As We Trade Our Silence For Cash

  1. 199

    BFP, if world powers can still do business with China who r we to refuse to! This thing needs to be seen in its true perspective!!

  2. Sargeant

    BFP you have a mighty inflated sense of Barbados importance in world affairs. Do you think the Chinese Gov’t gives two flying spring rolls about what anyone in Barbados including the B’dos Gov’t think about their actions in Tiananmen Square?

    All the major industrial nations in the world have ongoing major trade alliances with China and even the mighty USA – the home of many Chinese dissidents – and who was so critical of the Chinese Gov’ts actions walks softly and carries no stick when it comes to China.

    So poor Barbados should play holier than thou and refuse the Chinese aid and watch their fellow CSME brothers step into the void to claim the loot.

    BFP I bet that you wasn’t close to your grandmother, she would have told you to come out of the midday sun before it addled your brain.

  3. BFP

    Heck, you’re right Sargeant.

    Why should we care about human rights issues any longer? Money is far more important than human rights in China or Africa.

    Thanks, Sargeant, for making us see the light.

  4. Jason

    Why did Barbados support Iran’s use of torture, amputations and hanging teens for having sex? What did we gain from our UN vote?

  5. Me.

    BFP, you’re callously misrepresenting the opinions of those who disagree with you.

    I haven’t seen anyone argue against human rights; I’ve seen people noting that the behaviour you advocate is suicidal and ineffective.

    Do you have any counter to that statement?

  6. Jason

    I don’t know about BFP but I know that the Canadian Prime Minister criticized China for human rights abuses and Canada survived and still trades with China. At least they didn’t say “yasssa masssa”.

    What is with Barbados supporting Iran??? !!!

  7. Jason

    There have been efforts in the USA to have the customs people reject products for importation on the basis that they were made by slave labour. I think that is an excellent idea. Continue to trade with China but where it can be shown that the product could have been made by slave labour, reject the products at the border. That would draw world attention to the plight of the millions of people in slavery in China.

    It sounds to ME like Me. is in favour of doing nothing.

  8. Jason:

    Your logic is puzzling.

    Canada castigates China on human rights issues and avoids retaliation.

    No ” yassa massah”……….everything OK.

    But when Iran castigates the USA for their double standards, it’s “yassa massah” or get bombed.

    Your choice whether you’re with us or with the terrorists.

    No possible middle ground for a truly independent nation to take.

    Iran has passed every spot check by UN inspectors and yet they are still threatened with pre-emptive action by the one middle eastern state who are in total contravention of countless resolutions and treaties.

    Fuzzy logic, indeed.

  9. Illuminator

    So well said ‘Straight Talk’ . This world gone so unbalanced and money focused that once u got money , it don’t matter what u do , it awright.

    We dealing with countries that silence(murder) people that stand up for their rights and then want to rough up and jail a man that want to smoke a lil something , just an example. So 2 faced .Then want to know ‘ how de youths get so”.

    What got me is how people then try to pass it off as nothing .I would like a few of them’ family or friends to have been ‘tanked’. Maybe they would look at it different . A few a them family should be in a sweat shop too , sweating way de life.

    They could really stop showing the human rights shorts that come on CBC , it is just bare hot air.

  10. RRRicky

    Barbados supported Iran’s executing of children. That was what the vote was about, not nuke power.

    Don’t confuse the point be made by Jason. What is with Barbados supporting Iran’s executing of children and abuse of women?

  11. Donald Duck, Esq

    Has our Government not gone to china with a “begging bowl”?

  12. Mobutu

    Memo to BFP:

    It is unfortunate that your anti-Chinese tilt (not to be confused with alleged Bajan “xenophobia”) has caused you to play fast-and-loose with the truth, which should be your most important currency. For example, you refer to the “despots of the Chinese Communist Government” (i.e., men and women who rule in the traditional Chinese manner) committing a massacre in Tiananmen Square. “Thousands were murdered” you say.

    Reality Check: According to the New York Times, which probably inflated the death toll for political reasons, the estimated number of deaths in Tiananmen Square was 400-800.

    Secondly, BFP must have a twisted notion of “human rights” to condemn the Communist Party of China for its record in office. Prior to the Communist takeover, China was a capitalist country subject to recurring famines (1850-73, 1896-7, 1907, 1911, 1928-9, 1942-3) that took over 100 million lives. (The estimated death toll of the 1850-73 famine alone was 60 million).

    In the six decades since the advent of Mao-Tse-Tung, there has been only one major famine (1959-61), and the country has now nearly caught up with the capitalist West, averaging annual growth rates of 10% of GDP. The grinding poverty of the capitalist past has been eliminated and there is already a very large, affluent middle class. If defending such a radical transformation for millions of ordinary Chinese ends up costing 400-800 lives, most reasonable people would say that is a small price to pay for progress.

    Finally, your references to Chinese “slave camps” are ironic, considering the fact that the United States (“Civilization”) has the highest incarceration rate in the world. As of late 2007, 2.3 million Americans were locked up in jail, with another 4.9 million on probation or on parole. By comparison, China, with four times the U.S. population, has 1.5 million in “camps”. This means that the Chinese detention rate is 18% of the U.S. rate.

    ****************************

    BFP says,

    It’s the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the slaughters. The 60th anniversary of a country that STILL abducts pregnant women off the street, holds them down and aborts their babies. Or, if the mother is in labour, China plunges a needle of poison into the baby’s head as it crowns.

    That is why we are focused on China today and tomorrow.

    In terms of numbers, Mao made Hitler and Stalin look like amateurs, but they were all evil.

    As far as the numbers of people murdered during the 1989 pro-democracy rebellion, I suggest you do a little more research before you accept that “only” 400 to 800 were “death tolled”. I know you don’t like to use terms like “murdered” or “slaughtered by shooting and driving tanks over them”, but you should look a little further than the NYT.

    As to the slave camps, nothing better illustrates my disgust for Barbados’ continuing silence than this…

    Here’s a photo of Barbados Haggatt Hall Football Club accepting a new ball and equipment from China…

    https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2006/09/13/barbados-haggatt-hall-football-club-crawls-on-belly-to-accept-chinas-trinkets/

    Here’s proof that the balls are made by slaves – held for distributing bibles…

    https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2008/04/07/chinas-olympic-soccer-balls-made-by-slave-labour-but-barbados-doesnt-care/

    Enjoy your new footballs and the other gifts from China.

  13. peltdownman

    Straight Talk
    “Iran has passed every spot check by UN inspectors”
    ________________________________-
    When was the last time any UN or IAEA inspectors were allowed near Iran? Since the newly discovered secret nuclear processing plant came to light? If you only have peaceful intentions, why keep such a place secret?

  14. We Trade Our Silence For Cash

    Winter season comes and they flock to our shore
    Europeans, Americans, Canadians and a whole lot more
    Trading monies for golden sands and crystal clear waters
    Regardless to what they thought of our sons and daughters
    Along time ago we banned the sale of any merchandise
    Distributed through South Africa so as not to compromise
    Equality standards wronged by the Apartheid regime
    Outrageous practices from a Government extreme
    United States is said to have had its share of wrong
    Ruthless genocide of natives and Blacks not feeling to belong
    So many racial battles fought for civil rights
    It is unconscionable to see Blacks having to fight the Whites
    Lots of pockets of cruelty has colored the past
    Every nation seems to have slaughter their outcast
    Now the descendents of this brutality
    Calls for you to walk away, pretend you didn’t see
    Eras of wrongs committed and some not so long go
    Forefathers laid the bricks in history now descendants must know
    Our people, their people, and your people too
    Remained bruised by the past and cash wouldn’t do
    Clean up your past by planting remorseful seeds
    Assure your regrets by sharing the mended proceeds
    Silence can be bought but the pain still screams from the past
    Horrific past may not go away but you can stop having an outcast

  15. To Khaidji

    Thank you for your poetry. They are all good but this one is excellent.

  16. Hants

    “Canada castigates China on human rights issues.”

    Chinese companies sold $42.6 billion worth of merchandise to Canada last year, up 11.3% from 2007.

  17. Mobutu

    BFP has gone haywire. Totally beserk. Disconnected from reality. If you want to talk about evil, there is no greater evil in the history of the world than the routine slaughter of human fetuses occurring in the United States, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, and other western countries. Every year, in the U.S. alone, over 750,000 human fetuses are slaughtered and flushed down the toilet by women and their doctors purely for reasons of convenience, since there is no shortage of the resources needed to preserve these lives. Whereas in Third World countries, a new-born child may reduce the quality and length of others’ lives, there is no such “cost” to be weighed in the western world. And yet they kill. By comparison to these people, Mao and Stalin are saints, because the suffering they inflicted was the (unavoidable) price they had to pay to liberate their people from poverty and the domination of the West.

    *************

    BFP says

    If you’re interested in our position on abortion, you can search the word in the box at the top, or click on the category.

  18. Straight talk

    Peltdown Man:

    The UN inspectors can visit when and where they choose.
    The protocols for declaration of nuclear facilities are explicit and widely followed, under the terms of the non-proliferation treaty, a country must declare a nuclear facility to the UN at least six months prior to completion.

    Would that all countries neighbouring Iran abide by the same standards.

    Surrounded as it is by the nuclear powers, India Pakistan, American occupied Afghanistan and Iraq, not forgetting peaceful little Israel, I can understand their need for some sort of security, and unfortunately, the globally accepted form of security from nuclear blackmail is nuclear deterrence.

  19. h

    all i can see from here is that the writer is very creative, and totally mix up the meaning of incident and massacre. you even made up a story of tankman. if history can based on you imagination, your story is TOTALLY worth reading.

  20. Sargeant

    As usual BFP has resumed its tilting at windmills by resurrected its periodic attack on China. Not to worry if China calls its US loans that comfortable existence that you enjoy would be in real peril since the Barbados dollar is in bed with the US greenback. I think you would have to give up much more than those Oistins limes.

    However you are not alone, even some in the inner circle of the Chinese Communist Party opposed the crackdown in Tianamen Square as evidenced by the journal of the Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang now published as “Prisoner of the State”.

    I’ll attach a copy of the book review so you can decide whether you want to purchase it or not……

    http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/afterword/archive/2009/06/20/book-review-prisoner-of-the-state-translated-and-edited-by-bao-pu-renee-chiang-and-adi-agnatius.aspx

    ****************

    BFP say

    Keep those slave camp soccer balls coming!

  21. Green Monkey

    Sort of ironic that while China adapts some of the ways of the West – i.e. capitalism, the US adapts some of the ways of China, i.e. torture.

    A Truly Shocking Guantanamo Story: Judge Confirms That an Innocent Man Was Tortured to Make False Confessions

    In four years of researching and writing about Guantánamo, I have become used to uncovering shocking information, but for sheer cynicism, I am struggling to think of anything that compares to the revelations contained in the unclassified ruling in the habeas corpus petition of Fouad al-Rabiah, a Kuwaiti prisoner whose release was ordered last week by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly (PDF). In the ruling, to put it bluntly, it was revealed that the U.S. government tortured an innocent man to extract false confessions and then threatened him until he obligingly repeated those lies as though they were the truth.

    Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-worthington/a-truly-shocking-guantana_b_305227.html

  22. kiki

    China has billions and billions of people so that’s
    one of the reasons a lot of stuff is made there
    including your shiny Mac or iPods. …

    “Designed in California, Made in China”. …

    Workers receive as little as £27 a month, doing 15-
    hour shifts making the iconic mp3 player.
    Employees at the factory lived in dormitories
    housing 100 people and outsiders are banned.
    These ‘slaves’ can’t organize unions or uprisings.

  23. KISSMYA

    wait a minute ! the picture in caption is a body that was runned over ?

    David Thompson is a mendicant that is why he rinning to china

  24. victor

    Barbados is a tiny isIand with few of its own naturaI resources used today, even though it couId actuaIIy be seIf-sufficient. Main resources now are tourism and off-shore banking. Why is China so interested in us? Tourism? Do we see thousands of Chinese visitors? StrangeIy, not. Why? They are not aIIowed out, that’s why! NaturaI resources? Don’t think so. The onIy reason is this isIand’s roIe in the Caribbean region, poIiticaIIy. If China couId make the Caribbean region dependent upon it for finance, China wouId then controI a significant maritime region, giving it access to South America, the United States and the AtIantic region, access to Europe. It’s not rocket science.

  25. omg, that tank is so..

  26. i don’t think it is a mistake

  27. 中国要生存下去,怎会没有流血牺牲?难道中国政府软弱下去,像苏联一样解体灭亡,那欧洲北美才高兴?

  28. ashley

    its a china’s tragedy.

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  30. Is the tank man still alive or is he been barbecued by Chinese officials

  31. BAFBFP

    BFP and its usual crap comments. OMG the simpletons have gotten no better after all dese years…!

  32. idicus

    truth is China is just another corporation in disguise and therefore if anyone wnat to make a stand against or for them they are simply to put thier money where their heart is and and either boycott China goods or buy China goods. The big storey this wee was the Honda workers in China on strike who got a 24% raise and although the cynics might say it was a riase from a dollar a day to 1.25 a day the point is that China is getting on board with thier emerging middle class, such as it is, and in 10 years from now much of thier ‘competative advantage” of free labour will be eroded and the west will once again be in a position to make things. That is the the good news. As for the 21st Anniversary of Tiananmen Square, well Frontline says it best, is was the moment when everything changed and so all those brave souls who lost thier lives and thier loved ones was not for nought.
    Cheers
    idicus

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  35. J. Payne

    So opt out of trading with the second largest economy in the world? Is that sustainable? Or is that a plan to eventually lead Barbados down a path of falling apart?
    * China overtakes Japan as world’s second-largest economy
    — China remains on target to take the number-one slot from the US between 2020 and 2030, after leapfrogging Japan —
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/feb/14/china-second-largest-economy

  36. J. Payne

    Don’t forget even the United States has sold out their relations with Taiwan for relations with China… For years Taiwan was one of the darlings of the region. In the past China regarded it as a renegade province for seeking ‘independence’. The United States was supposed to protect Taiwan since it was a democracy from any military threat by the mainland but the Taiwanese are well aware they can’t expect the Americans to rush and protect them from China any longer. As a result Taiwan (“The Republic of China”) has calmed down their independence rhetoric.

    Much closer to home, Venezuela has now put together a whole government website telling the international community that 60% of Guyana still belongs to them (yet again).

    Venezuelan rights of sovereignty in the Essequibo,
    By the “Ministry of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs” (Translated by Google)
    * http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://esequibo.mppre.gob.ve/&ei=20wuTeHNL4ep8AaSoeD1CQ&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBcQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://esequibo.mppre.gob.ve/%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1440%26bih%3D691%26prmd%3Divns

    Where is the collective CARICOM response to that???? Does PetroCaribe and ALBA have CARICOM bazodee or what? Lets not even mention the part of Barbados’ offshore maritime that Venezuela claims ownership to.

  37. More in the Mortar than the Pestle

    Seems like the BLP are already trying to fill the coffers, they stole from us in office and now in opposition, with two known candidates already in hot water with using other people’s money for their political purposes lets look at the two cases at hand.

    The first is one is a guy called Roger Smith who has
    suddenly found an abundance of cash to be throwing around
    in the East but apparently the facts are only now being
    revealed that this money that he has been throwing around
    is not his at all to throw around, but rather it belongs
    to Sagicor who has just found out that in excess of $
    300,000.00 has been stolen by the said Roger Smith and
    being used by him to buy votes in the East.

    The senior officers of Sagicor met well into the night
    last night to discuss their findings and the reports are
    that the decision was taken to pass the file over to the
    Royal Barbados Police Force and let the DPP take it from
    there.

    Then we have the other one in the East one Under Wear aka
    Indar Weir running a scam and collecting funds and not
    delivering of what was offered in his tours he has left
    many people with a bad taste in their mouths some actually
    paid in money to be part of his Bajan Posse events and
    received nothing in return one such person who is
    extremely bitter by his actions and who has paid him and
    never received a service nor received a refund of her
    money is Cheryl Sandiford who would like Mr Weir to make
    her funds available to her ASAP if not sooner

  38. Beg all wunnuh like...

    Why is the date ..one year late???

  39. countryview

    jyoooooooooooooooo…stop jyouuuu talk about China or we take over and make all persons have small chinee dicky!

  40. what will they think of next

    Thanks to the caring Democratic Labour Party we are nowhere near this situation:-

    Greece Warns of Going Broke as Tax Proceeds Dry Up

    ATHENS — As European leaders grapple with how to preserve their monetary union, Greece is rapidly running out of money.

    Government coffers could be empty as soon as July, shortly after this month’s pivotal elections.

    To understand the difficulty, just talk to Nikos Maitos, a longtime official in Greece’s financial crimes investigation unit.

    When he and a team of inspectors recently prowled the recession-hit island of Naxos for tax evaders, a local radio station broadcast his license plate number to warn residents.

    “One repercussion of the crisis is that people are harder to find,” Mr. Maitos, an imposing, burly man, said last week in his sweltering office on the edge of Athens. “And when you do find them, they don’t have money.”

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/greece-warns-going-broke-tax-165803529.html

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  42. Bob

    You are a liar. No one in Tiananmen was crushed by tanks, no one in the square died…the photo you posted isn’t even from China.

    You lying sack of shit.

  43. BFP

    Reblogged this on Barbados Free Press and commented:

    Twenty-five years ago, Chinese tanks drove into Tienanmen Square and the slaughter began. In Barbados we don’t mention that little incident in our newspapers or television commentary.
    Because keeping the silence is more profitable.

  44. BARBADOSADVISOR ACTUAL

    Reblogged this on Barbados Tripadvisor and commented:
    HOW ABOUT THIS ? I KNOW IT IS OLD BUT IT IS AXTUALLY NOW HITTING HOME , YOUR HOME!!!!!