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I feel ashamed because I was young then, could hardly tell the right from wrong, and was misled by a few student leaders, to take part in the "fanfare". |
I feel ashamed because, after so many years, I recognised that we students "occupied" the square too long, for 2 months, and made otherwise a beautiful place, a nasty, filthy, odorous waste-land.
In fact, after the first 2 weeks of protest, many Beijing students had left for school ( I left the square after the first week because My Dad, a farmer, advised me to leave, because he said it was not the correct thing for me to do). But, students coming from other cities, were camping on the square, refusing to go.
I feel ashamed because, later, I got to know quite a few overseas television systems were doing live telecast from the roof-top of the nearby buildings, like the Beijing Hotel. I assume some student leaders wanted to get the publicity and fame. It was those guys who stubbornly refused to go, despite numerous persuasions from senior government officials as well police orders for them to leave.
I feel ashamed because, after it was all tragically over, my country is disdained, by both the incident and the way it was put out. The immediate aftermath of it was nearly worldwide sanctions, with the E.U. remaining today relunctant to lift its arms embargo on China.
[ Last edited by chinadaily at 2007-4-6 10:31 PM ]