By Jianli Yang – Jun 2, 2023

I don’t like tanks.

They have been continually rumbling in my mind and heart since the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre 34 years ago. We will commemorate the anniversary Sunday.

In the spring of 1989, many tens of thousands of Chinese students staged a series of peaceful demonstrations in Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing, standing against government corruption and demanding freedom and democracy. The day after martial law was declared in Beijing, May 19, 1989, I returned from my graduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley to China to join the protests. While I narrowly survived the massacre, the brutal scene I witnessed on the morning of June 4—including tanks chasing and running over students on ChangAn Street—changed the course of my life. I am a human rights activist, working to ensure nothing like what happened in Tiananmen Square happens again… [Continue Reading]