The bloody body of a dead student removed from the street
right after the Tiananmen Square crackdown on June 4, 1989.

Some say that after the student protests of 1989 and the massacre at Tiananmen Square in 1989, democracy and freedom in China died. I do not believe this to be so, and only have some patience and you will see what happens in a generation or two; wait and witness the backbone people can show when they are fighting for their freedom. As Czechoslovakia democrat Tomas G. Masaryk said in totalitarian Central Europe nearly 50 years: "Dictators always look good until the last minutes."

NEW! Wei Free and Exiled to the U.S.!

"What to do About China"
by Wei Jingsheng

Wei Jingsheng

"The leaders of our nation must be informed that we want to take our destiny into our own hands. We want no more gods or emperors. No more saviors of any kind. We want to be masters of our own country, not modernized tools for the expansionist ambitions of dictators... Democracy, freedom and happiness are the only goals of modernization. Without this fifth modernization, the four others are nothing more than a new-fangled lie."

"Every minute portion of democracy of real value was stained with the blood of martyrs and tyrants, and every step forward was met with strong attacks from the reactionary forces. Democracy has been able to surmount all these obstacles because it is highly valued and eagerly sought by the people. Therefore, this torrent is irresistible. Chinese people have never feared anything. As long as the people have a clear orientation, the forces of tyranny are no longer undefeatable."

Wei Jingsheng
imprisioned pro-democracy activist

Ding Zilin

"In the years since [Tienanmen], I have simply done what a mother's love and an intellectual's conscience drove me to do. Each and every citizen living in this land not only should have the freedom from fear, adversity and misery but should have the right to choose the kind of society, political system and individual lifestyle that is compatible with human dignity. These were the dreams of those who gave their lives at Tiananmen Square. There are the goals for which we, the living, strive."

Professor Ding Zilin
pro-democracy activist and mother of student slain at Tienanmen Square
currently under virtual house arrest in Beijing with husband

"Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains
that can fetter the mind."

Charles Caleb Colton
The Lacon

A young girl stops a tank in its tracks

"Depend upon it, that the lovers of freedom will be free."
Edmund Burke

A Shanghai Court sentences a young man to death for
participating in an "anti-government riot" on June 6, 1989.

Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education.
Alfred Whitney
Essays on Education

Angry Beijing crowds look outFreedom still lives in China

"God grants liberty only to those who love it,
and are always ready to guard and defend it."
Daniel Webster

Students gather around their "Goddess of Liberty" statue in Tiananmen Square.

Yet, Freedom! yet thy banner, torn, but flying,
Streams like the thunder-storm against the wind.
Lord Byron

Some discussions....

Political Prisoner Wei Jingsheng on Democracy:
"The Fifth Column"

A couple of e-mails on China and democracy.
"China is incompatible with democracy..."

I received the following hate e-mail off this webpage.
"I dispise you..."

An e-mail about democracy in general and the United States.
"Democracy Worldwide and the United States"

Is it merely a case of America not wanting China to be a superpower?
"A weak China is what America prefers"

Would democracy inevitably bring instability and war to China?
"Democracy is the rule of the easily manipulated mob"

The wisdom of the masses to govern a nation is an intoxication of liberalism.
"The truth is in the hands of the few and not the masses..."

Mind your own business and don't advise China!
"This is a direct challenge to you..."

The Dalai Lama: "The struggle is good for neither China nor Tibet"
"Since the mid-1980s, it has been clearly demonstrated
that Chinese people want democracy."

What the authority did was correct at Tienanmien Square.
"What is the actual defination of 'freedom'
in every different society and culture?"

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
"I call on all people who geniuely concern for China, and all Chineses who is patriotic,
to recognise the fact that economic reform without political liberty is very weak."

China will be the foundation of world-wide peace.
"I believe one day the communist party will go to hell."

China has made it!
"The powerful lion of the East which is only waiting to pick up
the detritus of your terribly juvenile-saturated culture."

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