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What it means to live under a totalitarian regime

June 4th, 2004 · 1 Comment

Yan at Glutter has been writing about democracy in Hong Kong and the 15th anniversary of the Tianamen Square demonstrations:

Maybe that’s what it means to live under a totalitarian regime. You feel DEFLATED. It’s so bothersome that those thought are better not to be had. To ignore things that doesn’t concern you directly in the most personal and intimate ways. Don’t bother with politics, don’t bother with ideas. Just go, make money, make a living, buy things, forget and not remember that those who have power over you don’t want you to think.

Tomorrow is June 3rd, the next day is June 4th. Maybe another few hundred thousand people will gather in Victoria Park, and we will hold a candle light vigil for all the people who died and went to jail over the 1989 democratic movement, because no one else in China can, and maybe we can make us heard just a little bit more than usual, maybe then I will feel energetic again. Maybe then I will be willing to continue to think because I know so many other people also want to too.

I remember June 1989 and I’m grateful for Yan’s posts and perspective: thanks.

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Yan // Jun 4, 2004 at 2:43 am

    Thank you.