A friend recently arrived from China tells me he was awake all night reading about Tiananmen Square, today in 1989. For the first time, he saw the videos of students gunned down by their government. His daughter asked why he was crying.
He tells me that back in China, he and the other billion were told that students were being manipulated by Western powers. (Democracy being a Western concept, I suppose you could call this partly correct.) When Tiananmen Square was cleared out, only a few leaders were jailed, the story goes; the rest of the students were allowed to leave peacefully.
People in China who know what really occurred dare only refer to it as "The Day." A day so inconsequential that the phrase "Tiananmen Square" is blocked today from search engines in China. Today, this friend wears black in mourning.