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A Student's Account of the Tiananmen Incident

26 May 2009

The following is the excerpt of an online post penned by 老气横秋, and its English translation:

When Tiananmen Incident occurred in 1989, I was in my last year of study in the university. At the time many students mentioned the protest movement in the same breath as the May 4th Movement 1919, and refused to go to class but devoted to participate in the street protest. Some of them were the folks full of revolutionary dash, others just followers of the trend, or onlookers flocked to watch the free show, or even the miserable individuals using this opportunity to vent their anti-social urge.

By then a student ID was just like a travel pass: With that you could get on underground trains, bordered buses or called taxis - no one would ask you to pay the fare.

Initially I was eager to contribute my part in the crusade against official corruption in China. I would travel to the Tiananmen Square during the day, and returned to the campus watching evening news on television, witnessing the freshly created history unfolding. But gradually I began to question the objectives of and the methods adopted in the movement, and suspect where the "student leaders" really intended to lead us towards. I was rather confused and got sick and tired of the whole thing, and became more an onlooker than a participant. However, I still had a great sympathy for the students taking hunger strike on the square, but seriously doubt whether it was worth for them to ruin their health.

On the evening of June 3rd, while the radio broadcast and television news kept warning students to stay away from the square, some students in the campuses tried to gather more people to go to block the military convoy and to join the students in the square. When I heard the troops marched towards the CBD from Pingguoyuan (苹果园) and Bajiaocun (八角村) in the west, I went there with several fellow students to take a look. On the way we saw damaged military vehicles, as well as civilian cars. Some of the protesters were pure thugs who would smash any vehicles on the road. I witnessed a front glass of a car being badly smashed and the owner jumped out to shout angrily in protest at the "protester": "Hi, this is my own car, not the military vehicle, can't you see it?"

We didn't go to square but returned to the campus. Everyone knew what was going to take place on the square that night. As far as I understand, those who still headed for the premises on that particular day were three kinds of people: the extremists, the guys who harboured a genuinely hatred towards the community in general and their school in particular, or the folks who suffered from sever brain damage.

When we woke up next morning on June 4th, we heard the news saying military force occupied and "blood washed" Tiananmen Square. We hurriedly counted the fellows in our class and found one person missing. Just at the time we thought this guy must have tragically given his life to his faith, and felt terribly sad about that, this jerk returned in one piece - he paid a visit to a friend and spent a night there.

There were two or three students uncountered for in our university. I don't know what exactly happened to them. However, during the entire so-called Tiananmen Incident, I did not see one dead body, nor did I hear anyone I personally knew died in the event.

The university was shut afterwards and we went home for holiday. About three weeks later, everybody returned to the campus, and life resumed again.

Comments from the viewers:


A bunch of losers whose lives worth nothing


Hello, 日本博士, you are democracy activist, how come you are so cruel, phew!


He means too few people died - they wish to see blood flew like rivers and corpses piled high to become a hill.


You are a bunch of democracy losers, and you used students then discarded them as if they were toilet paper. For a few democracy gangsters, so many Chinese soldiers have lost their lives.


China has plenty of student losers.


Students are innocent. Lucky most of them were not tricked into a death trap by you democracy thugs.

The excerpt of the original Chinese text from some of author's online posts:


89年我是大学最后一个学期,突然爆发了这个学生运动,当时很多同学都把它和“五四运动”相提并论。 各大学校都罢课了。很多学生或满腔热情,或盲目随从,或看热闹的,或发泄各种不满的,就都“投身到这次伟大的运动”中去了。








一群爛學生也沒有什麽價值。 - 日本博士,

哈哈哈,怎么运运们也觉得人死了就死了,哈哈哈 - tntzhao

那不是死的不多么~他们打心眼儿里盼着血流城河~尸骨如山 - 八步赶蝉

你们这些民运败类,用完了说没价值。把那些人命当卫生纸啦 - Sanx22

誰說過死人了? - 日本博士

谁说没死人,为了让学生认识你们这些败类,死了多少士兵 - Sanx22

中國永遠都不缺這幾塊料。 - 日本博士

學生是無辜,但沒白上當受騙,這整民主的是什麼貨色全明白了 - 八步赶蝉

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