Defence Minister says the country has enjoyed stability and development due to the govt.’s action
China on Sunday defended the bloody Tiananmen crack down on student protesters in a rare public acknowledgement of the event, days before its 30th anniversary, saying it was the “correct” policy. After seven weeks of protests by students and workers, soldiers and tanks chased and killed demonstrators and on lookers in the streets leading to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. Hundreds, or possibly more than 1,000, were killed, although the precise number of deaths remainsunknown. “That incident was a political turbulence and the central government took measures to stop the turbulence which is a correct policy,” Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe told a regional security forum in Singapore. Gen. Wei asked why people still say that China “did not handle the incident properly”. “The 30 years have proven that China has under gone major changes,” he said, adding that because of the government’s action at that time “China has enjoyed stability and development”. Inside China, an army of online censors haves crubbed clean social media,removing articles, memes,hashtags or photos alludingto the Tiananmen crack down. Discussions of the 1989 pro democracy protests and their brutal suppression are strictly taboo, and authorities have rounded up or warned activists, lawyers and journalists ahead of the anniversary each year.