World mourns Tiananmen massacre on 30th anniversary

Jun 04, 2019, 3:20 AM EDT
(Source: Edwin Lee/flickr)
(Source: Edwin Lee/flickr)

Amid tight security and the government’s gag orders for media, journalists and visitors, China marks the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, widely remembered as one of the darkest chapters in the country’s history.

On the fateful day of June 3, 1989 through the next day, Chinese tanks and troops unleashed a brutal offensive against its own countrymen, who were demanding democratic reforms – a bloody assault that claimed hundreds if not thousands of lives in one night, notes The Guardian.

While the world remembers and mourns the Tiananmen crackdown on Tuesday, China remains silent on the event, holding no formal commemorations and even censoring any discussion of this “historical mistake,” reports CNN.

China’s history books carry virtually no mention of the Tiananmen crackdown and the successive governments have hardly issued any statements regarding the gruesome act but the remnants and the memories of the state-led slaughter remain hard to be erased from the collective memory of the world.