China Is ‘More Dangerous and Vicious than Nazi Germany’ Tiananmen Survivor:
Chinese pro-democracy activist and survivor of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre Rose Tang warned the world that the Chinese Communist Party is the “world’s largest terrorist organization” in an interview commemorating the event on Friday with the human rights magazine Bitter Winter.
Tang recalled watching an army of tanks crush student-erected tents – and those inside them – and navigating piles of bodies in an attempt to escape. People’s Liberation Army soldiers killed not just student protesters and dissidents, but any civilian in range, she recalled, including children.
Friday marks the 32nd anniversary of the massacre, prompted by unarmed, peaceful protests in the twilight years of the Soviet Union demanding the Chinese government move away from communism. Chinese officials have refused to acknowledge any responsibility for the event or allow independent observers to properly study the true toll of the killings, so no accepted death toll exists, but leaked documents from the time suggest the military killed at least 10,000 people on June 4, 1989, in the square itself. The toll does not count those killed in hospitals after being wounded or killed in operations elsewhere in Beijing. As the Communist Party declared Martial Law against the protesters on May 20, the military had begun killing and disappearing dissidents in the weeks leading up to the singular massacre on June 4.
Tang, who now lives in New York but continues to advocate for freedom for the Chinese people, was 20 years old when she was present at the massacre and told Bitter Winter she lost one colleague, a 19-year-old, to what she called a “full-on military operation” against unarmed civilians. She noted that the perpetrators – the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops – were likely younger than the people they were killing, themselves mostly young college students.
“It was like going through a war zone,” she said of the streets surrounding Tiananmen Square. “Burning buses and trucks scattered around, people were re-arranging roadblocks preparing to stop more troops.”
The roadblocks did not succeed, destroying what she described as an otherwise uneasy peace in the square itself.
“Today’s China, like yesterday’s China, is still the world’s biggest prison,” Tang argued. “China is a dictatorship and colonial power that is more dangerous and vicious than Nazi Germany. It has been thriving thanks to appeasement from the Western governments and courtship from multinationals.”
“China is not what a nation should be. It is a black hole. Not a market either for goods or services. It is another planet. Do not go there. Do not invest in it,” Tang warned.
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