21 Years Ago, the “Goddess of Democracy”

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Associated Press photographer Jeff Widener’s photo of two amateur photographers taking shots of the “goddess of democracy” in Tiananmen Square on June 3, 1989, the day before the massacre.

Later in the week Widner would take the most famous photo to ever come out of China.

I have to admit, I want to move back to China. It’s always in my heart, and sometimes I feel like dropping everything and heading back. But no matter how much I love China, I will never forget what the government there is capable of, the good and the bad. The government can bulldoze over the old Gulou hutong (and do check that link), they can scrub uncomfortable references from the Internet, but they cannot delete what happened that day, and no story of modern China is complete without including it. Never forget.

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