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For 30 years, Jiang Lin– a former lieutenant in #China’s army– kept silent on the horrors she saw during the #TiananmenSquareMassacre. Today, she speaks up to tell her story as an insider: nyti.ms/2JOyEMG #June4
“The pain has eaten at me for 30 years,” she said in an interview in Beijing. “Everyone who took part must speak up about what they know happened. That’s our duty to the dead, the survivors and the children of the future.” #China #June4 nyti.ms/2JOyEMG
Jiang said she felt compelled to call for a public reckoning because generations of Chinese Communist Party leaders, including President Xi Jinping, have expressed no remorse for the violence. Ms. Jiang left #China this week. #June4 nyti.ms/2JOyEMG
Ms. Jiang’s account has a wider significance: She sheds new light on how military commanders tried to resist orders to use armed force to clear protesters from the square they had taken over for seven weeks, captivating the world. #June4 #China nyti.ms/2JOyEMG
The students’ impassioned idealism, hunger strikes, rebukes of officials and symbolic gestures– like building a “Goddess of Democracy” on the square– drew an outpouring of public sympathy and left leaders divided on how to respond. #June4 #China nyti.ms/2JOyEMG
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