Letter: Tiananmen Square

June 24, 2014 

Articles in recent days about the Tiananmen Square uprising in Beijing 25 years ago are part of the story. I was in Beijing, the day the student uprising began. Along with other members of our tour group, we walked through Tiananmen Square that morning and gave them a "thumbs up." Days later, after we had traveled to western China, did we learn about the crushing of the demonstration.

What we discovered as we travelled elsewhere in China that week were schools being let out for the students to join the demonstrations locally. In other towns, entire factories shut down so that workers could demonstrate in support of the students in Beijing.

China is much different today and has changed dramatically from 1989. I believe the student demonstrations had a far more important impact on the Chinese rulers than was acknowledged at the time.

Larry Woodard, Meridian

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