In China, the only people who apparently remember the Tiananmen Square massacre are the olds and the police. According to the New York Times, “China blanketed Tiananmen Square with police officers Thursday, determined to prevent any commemoration of the 20th anniversary of a military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters that left hundreds dead.” But as James Fallows wrote wrote in the Atlantic:
I have spent a lot of time over the past three years with Chinese university students. They know a lot about the world, and about American history, and about certain periods in their own country’s past….But you can’t assume they will ever have heard of what happened in Tiananmen Square twenty years ago. For a minority of people in China, the upcoming date of June 4 has tremendous significance. For most young people, it’s just another day.
The Chinese government is also marking the occasion by flooding the square with plainclothes agents who open their big umbrellas in front of nosy camerapersons. And don’t even both searching for Tiananmen Square information on the Internet in China. June 4 no longer exists on Chinese Google at all.