Voices of the Present
by Irreleva Wu
We've been hearing plenty of reminiscences about the events surrounding the Tiananmen Square democracy protests of 1989, and their subsequent suppression. Plenty of voices from the past. But what about the voices of the present? We asked gou-rou.com readers, admirers, and ignorers for their thoughts.
Candy Wang, 20, student, Chaoyang District:
"I've seen footage of the protestors, and I have to say they were very naive. Some of the girls on the square weren't even wearing make-up. Several of them had shoes which just totally clashed with their skirts. I don't think it was surprising that they were suppressed."
Jake Li, 35, media company, Shanghai:
"The protestors were very naive. They believed that it was worth trying to change things. They should have known that they were wasting time they could have spent learning how to make money."
Celia Finton, 21, Facebook "fan" of Amnesty, Wiltshire: "The Chinese government is a bloodthirsty, unelected dictatorship that MUST GO if we are to protect those beautiful, ethnic, Chinese people. No longer can we stand by and allow the CCP to enjoy the support of millions of Chinese poor people. If anything, the protestors' methods were just too naive. I am constructing a large satirical puppet on the subject."
Xiao Lilong, 50, official, Xuanwumen:
"Looking back now, we can see that the protestors were in fact extremely naive and selfish. They didn't want freedom for everyone, they just wanted to take over the country themselves and rule as a small elite."
Jiang Xiaohong, 3, unemployed, Dongcheng:
"China is different, China has its own democracy, human rights and freedom. Besides, the most basic human right is to be able to eat, which would have certainly been impossible for the Chinese people had the naive protestors brought about political change."
Cone Feng, 25, studying in Holland:
"Those student protestors didn't have any real grievances. They were just spoiled rich kids with too much time on their hands. To be honest, they were pretty naive."