It will be 15 years ago today that I stood at the northeast corner of Tiananmen Square and watched China go mad.
\nThe Communist Party was answering the demands of millions of protesters who had made Tiananmen Square the focus of their seven-week democracy movement. The protesters included students, Communist Party members, peasants, diplomats, laborers -- even thieves, who signed a pledge to halt their "work" during the demonstrations.
\nI was in my Beijing apartment when I heard that troops had opened fire and were trying to force their way to Tiananmen. So I raced to the scene on my bicycle, dodging tank traps that protesters had erected.
\nThe night was filled with gunfire -- and with Chinese standing their ground to block the troops. I parked my bike at Tiananmen, and the People's Liberation Army soon arrived from the other direction. The troops fired volley after volley at the crowd on the Avenue of Eternal Peace.
\nThe Communist Party signed its own death warrant that night. As Lu Xun (
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