The Wall Street Journal speak to Rose Tang, who was at the infamous Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, where government forces opened fire on civilians, killing hundreds.


30 years on, the event is still heavily censored in China, with reporting of the massacre totally banned in the country. Rose Tang was there on that fateful day and recorded what she saw in a note book. In this interview, she says that she felt she couldn’t miss such a big event, but that she never expected things to turn as violent.

Tiananmen Square Survivor Confronts Awful Memories, 30 Years On image of writing

Rose still wants to spread the word of what she saw, even all these years later. Now living in the US, Rose stands up for different causes as an activist and artist. Many people view the Tiananmen Square massacre as a global symbol of people standing up for their rights. Hearing Rose’s story and how she’s still angry, 3o years after the event, serves as a stark reminder of the horrors seen in the square that day and also is a reminder that the battle for true democracy and press freedom is still going on in China to this day.

Tiananmen Square|Wall Street Journal|Interviews

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