In Memoriam: Andrey Stenin, Russian Photo-Journalist killed
in the Ukraine, August 6, 2014.
Hiroshima, August 6, and Nagasaki, August 9, 1945
Colour my Revolution
With petrol still around 25c per litre and a packet of Ritz crackers a bargain at $1.79, the year 1989 is a memorable one to be sure, with the Fall of the Berlin Wall -- itself signposting the beginning of the end of the Cold War -- perhaps being for most the event that first comes to mind, at least for those folks concerned with the more substantive and epochal of life's (and history's) noteworthy markers.
Yet another significant event that year surely was the so-called Tiananmen Square Massacre, wherein hundreds (some reports suggested "thousands") of students amongst the huge crowds of pro-democracy activists occupying Tiananmen Square in the Chinese capital Beijing, were allegedly massacred after authorities lost patience, declared martial law, and ruthlessly suppressed the uprising.
Now I expect many will be wondering why I have used words like "allegedly" and "so-called". Myself included, most folks absorbed the official 'T-Square' gospel then, and to this day it would be difficult for them to entertain an alternate reality to that portrayed by Western leaders and the mainstream media (MSM). Even here in Australia, our Prime Minister of the time Bob Hawke memorably experienced an emotional meltdown whilst addressing the nation in the aftermath of the crackdown.
After roundly condemning the Chinese authorities for their response, Hawke began relaying harrowing -- and supposedly authentic -- witness accounts of the purported scale and brutality of the "massacre", all juxtaposed with the iconic, blood-drenched images streaming in from Beijing's famous landmark. Hawke's response doubtless was illustrative of that of most Western leaders at the time to be sure, and, as has since become apparent, presaged a similar response from their respective successors to more recent events of significance causing much angst on the geopolitical scene.