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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:

日本博士:

A bunch of losers whose lives worth nothing

tntzhao:

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

八步赶蝉:

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

Sanx22:

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.

日本博士:

China has plenty of student losers.

八步赶蝉:

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:

我亲身经历的89年六.四

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。

那时候,学生证就是一切通行证,坐地铁不要钱,坐公车不要钱,随便路边截辆车,司机都会客客气气把你送到目的地。很多市民碰到学生,都很热情地提供各种帮助。

开始时我也是觉得应该为“反官倒”“反腐败”这一历史运动做出点微薄的贡献,热血沸腾地参加游行、示威、声援等活动。那一、两个月基本上每天白天去天安门广场声援静坐绝食的同学,晚上回学校看电视里的新闻报道,看刚刚创造的历史。后来,我对运动的目的,手段等都产生了怀疑。不知道所谓“学生领袖们”到底要个什么结果,要把这次运动引向何方,因此慢慢困惑了,厌倦了,看热闹的成分也就占主导了。心里也很同情那些绝食的同学们,怀疑他们毁了自己的身体是不是值得。

6月3日晚上,情况就如很多人所说的一样,一方面广播电视里不停警告市民学生不要去广场,一方面部分学生在校园里摇旗呐喊拉队伍区广场声援,去堵军车。当时说是部队从北京西边苹果园、八角村一带开进城的。我和几个同学赶到八角村看热闹时,确实看到有些被毁坏了的军车。有些人确实和暴徒无疑,见车就砸,我身边一辆民用轿车也未能幸免,“砰”的一声前窗玻璃被谁给砸碎了。只听到车主从车里出来埋怨道:“我这是自己的车啦,不是军车啊!”

后来我们就回学校了,没再去广场。其实大家都知道晚上会发生冲突。就我所知,这时候真正敢冒死去广场的,要么是极端偏激者,要么是对社会、对学校不满者,要么就只能是白痴了。

6.4早上起来就得知广场已经被戒严部队“血洗了”,占领了。我们班赶紧清点人数,发现少了一位同学。有人说他昨晚去广场了。身边的同学突然没了,大家都很伤心,觉得肯定是在广场“牺牲了”。结果那位失踪的同学下午回来了,原来昨晚他住在其他学校朋友处了。

整个学校清除人数时,发现有两三个学生去向不明。不知最后究竟如何。总之,我没看到死人,身边所知道的同学朋友也都安然无恙。

后来,学校关门了,大家都回老家了。再过了20天左右吧,接到学校的通知,学校重新开门了。于是大家又都从全国各地赶回了学校。

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

Full text in Chinese can be viewed at "club.6park.com/bolun/messages/gvk45219.html"

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