Both China and the West have distorted the truth about the Tiananmen Square protests and the massacre that followed

By focusing on the student protests in Tiananmen Square Western liberals ignore the bigger tragedy perpetrated by the Communist Party of China

Tiananmen Square myth

We all know that China's communist rulers have distorted and denied the truth about what happened 20 years ago in Tiananmen Square. But they aren't the only ones. In an equally disturbing betrayal of history, Western human rights activists and liberal commentators have also spun the story of Tiananmen, creating a fairytale version of events that bears little relation to what happened in those bloody days of June 1989.

Twenty years on, the Communist Party of China (CPC) continues to play down or deny the seriousness of the protests and massacre. It insultingly refers to the events as the "4 June Incident". It claims that "only" 241 people died, including soldiers, when experts put the figure at between 800 and 1,500. It denies Chinese citizens access to information about the events: search for "Tiananmen Square massacre" on the internet in China and you'll be told: "This page cannot be found."

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