June 4th is a special day in China, but it is not officially celebrated. Today thousands of security forces are on hand to prevent any rallies or protests that might recall the events at Tiananmen Square a quarter century ago.
Twenty five years ago today, student protests in the Chinese capital turned violent when troops closed in on civilians demonstrating for democratic reforms in Tinanmen Square.
Even all these years later, estimates about just how many people were killed that day vary. But many who survived fled or were jailed. It was a moment of repression and brutality, but the events in Tiananman Square also opened China to the world and set it on its current path of economic freedom amidst total political control.
Wang Juntao, was among the organizers that day. In 1989, he was arrested for his involvement in the Tiananmen Square protests. After several years in jail, he was exiled from China. He now lives in Queens, New York, where he continues the work of being what he calls a "professional revolutionary." TD Allman was a reporter in Tiananmen 25 years ago today. He reflects back on the protests and the massacre.