History has a funny way of repeating itself. Often things that happen again and again happen because people refuse to admit that they are not better than their ancestors; that they can and will make mistakes that have been made in the past. As a race we do have the ability to learn from the mistakes that people have made before us; however, we subconsciously choose no to learn from the mistakes of people who came before. China is on the brink of repeating its history. They are on the brink of repeating the day they tried so hard to erase. The Current protesters do not have a unified idea of what they are fighting for, which means that the CCP will have an easier job getting rid of the protesters.
In 1989 a massacre happened. The Chinese Communist Party killed protesters because they opposed what the government stood for. They believed different ideas and were slaughtered like cattle. Now it is 2014 and there are protests in Hong Kong, and the parallels between the two are undeniable. Students have left their classes in favor of protesting for the right to elect their own leader. In 1989 student protesters filled the streets, and Tienanmen Square was made a living hell. The CCP turned it into a war zone for anyone who was willing to die for what they believed in. Schell describes the violence happening today, “Tuesday night marked one month since the day’s police attacked peaceful Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters with tear gas and pepper spray” ( Schell).
The death and desecration, as shown in the photo above, will happen in Hong Kong.
The student protesters in Hong Kong stand for different things than their predecessors in Beijing all those years ago. Yet the threat that they pose to the Chinese government is the same. They stand for the common people, people who want more of a say in what happens in the government.
The video is about Joshua Wong who is fighting for democracy.
Even though Joshua Wong says that they are fighting for democracy he does not specify what he wants. Wong talks about the how the are unified n what they are fighting for in fact when he talks about democracy he treats it as an obscure idea that is appealing. In an article written by Wong it states, "Our peaceful democracy demonstration has demolished the myth that this is a city of people who care only about money." (Wong). The article is full of ideas that are seemingly abstract to Wong. All of the protesters have different ideas
as shown in the video below,
The protesters in this video all say that they want democracy but they are not unified in their idea of what that is. Even though they are not unified completely there are unified enough so that their ideas are a threat to the CCP. The government views ideas like democracy as something that has to be annihilated.
Despite the fact that they stand for the common people the protesters are starting to become foolish in their beliefs that they can not be defeated. As Schell further states, “They can become too intoxicated by a feeling of invincibility” (Schell). In Beijing the protesters succumbed to the feeling of invincibility as shown in this article, "The escalation came in the early hours of Wednesday when a small group of protesters charged towards the legislature and used metal barricades and concrete tiles to ram a glass side door."(Police Arrest Hong Kong protesters). The protesters have already started to show that they think they are in vincible just as they did in 1989.
The protesters in 1989 thought that they weren't able to be defeated. Today's protesters are drunk on the feeling that they can not lose. That feeling will make them a little more violent than usual which will give the government the perceived justification that they can kill the protesters. The Hong Kong government views the protesters as a liability.
The only way to get the protesters off the streets with out giving them what they want is to kill them. This happened in Beijing,
The protesters in 1989 were in a masacre because they would not yield. If the government was to give them what they want then the whole government would be compromised. The protesters in Hong Kong will suffer the same way that their predecessors did. The Chinese government would view giving the protesters what they want as a weakness, so they are going to go with the “my way or the high way” approach. If the government is perceived as weak then it is their belief that democratic countries would take advantage of the situation for their own benefit. The government believes that bending to the will of the protesters could spark more protests because it would show them that the government can be pushed around.
Throughout time many empires, nations, countries have come to power but they all eventually fall, they sink into the distance. They are distant memories, things that students learn about in history class. Despite the lessons that can be learned about the history repeating its’ self it continues to repeat so what happened in 1989 will happen his time. Even though there possible ways that Tiananmen Square won’t happen again it is likely that it will.
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