Tiananmen Square protests of 1989

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Now and Then

Here are some changes that have been made in China from 1978 to 2011.
First of all their economy has increased more than any country in the world. They have an 68-fold increase in money compared to 1978. Most of the profit comes from increased export.

The Education used to be free, now it is hard for many families to have their children go to school. But even though you need money to go to school, the number of people that go to college has exploded in the later decades. If in 1987 only 9 people graduated from a university with a post graduate degree that number would be 311,000 in 2007.

The population in 1978 was 963 million people, the worlds largest back then, now it's 1.32 billion, yes.. still the worlds largest.

More than 90% of China underground water are polluted.

Average salary for a worker is 40 times as much these days compared to 1978.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

20 Years After Tiananmen, Tank-man Still Mystery

Tinanmen Square Summary

On April 15 year 1989, students gathered together in Tinanmen Square to mourn the death of general secretary Hu Yaobang. The government did not like the gathering and sent the police to scatter the students, the next day after the incident been published in People’s Daily 200,000 students from several universities marched to the square to protest against the government. Ten thousands of students began a hunger strike on May 13, later workers and reporters joined the crowd. The current president felt that this was a threat for his facade of international prestige so he called in the troops May 20 to get it under control. 150,000 troops were called in by the government, but they had a problem, all the students, workers and civil people now blocked the way to Tinanmen Square. On the third of June army tanks rolled in attempting to clear the square the army ended up killing an undisclosed number of civilians.

Chinese Students Unaware of the "Tank Man"