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Liberty in China

Small advances in 25 years.

Jun. 4, 2014

Today marks the 25-year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, the Chinese government’s violent crackdown on petitions for greater freedom in the People’s Republic of China. Even today, the number of dead and wounded is not known, and the Chinese government censors anyone who dares speak about it. Nick Kristof, one half of the husband and wife team that won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting of the incident in 1989, wrote in an email that freedom is slowly coming to the country, but still, the Chinese face massive oppression from their government. “Back then we thought that greater democracy would come in five years, or perhaps a decade,” Kristof wrote to the New York Times, “but we would not have expected that 25 years later Liu Xiaobo would be in prison as a Nobel Peace Prize winner.” There once was only tyranny. Now, the glimmering light of Liberty is slowly coming over the mountains. More…

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