The students who protested on Tiananmen Square in June 1989 have gone on to lead lives as writers, teachers, businessmen, doctors, artists. Some have continued being activists. Some have spent most of their time in prison, before dying.
Chen Weiming became a gun-toting member of the Mujahideen army in Syria.
A sculptor by trade, Chen is perhaps best known for recreating the Goddess of Democracy statue, both in Washington DC in 2008 and Hong Kong in 2010 (based off the original 10-meter papier-mache statue erected by students during the 1989 Tiananmen protests). He headed over to Syria in October to do his small part in “toppling tyrannical rule,” as he told NDTV.
How’s he doing? The above video, released two weeks ago, shows a healthy Chen who has most definitely neither forgotten nor forgiven the Chinese government for its 1989 crackdown on students. In fact, he makes it seem that he’s in Syria only as a roundabout way of sticking it to the CCP.
“Syrian government not represent Syrian people,” he says. “They kill Syrian people. Like the Chinese government kill Chinese people.
“So we are struggle for freedom, also save the Syrian people for freedom. But mostly some Chinese people just talk, talking. But Syrian people not talking. They fighting. They use [unintelligible] to do it. So this we should learn from Syria.”
And in case the analogy wasn’t clear:
“The Chinese government standing with Syria government. Chinese people, freedom people, standing with Syria people. We are together. One side. The Chinese government and Assad government one side people. They not represent us. They are like enemy. They are terrorism. Not us terrorism. We are for whole people, you know? Human being, for human being, for peaceful.”
Two-plus decades may seem like a long time to hold a grudge, but few of us have experienced suppression by armed force, ordered by leaders who were — with one exception — too cowardly to face their eventual victims. Chen has probably earned the right to remain angry, and join a rebel army half a world away as an outlet for that anger.
Thanks for sharing this. I can’t say that I necessarily agree with Mr. Chen, but his dedication to his ideals deserves at least a speck of respect.
In regards to the final paragraph, don’t forget about leaders like Yang Shangkun, Hu Qi and Qiao Shi, all of whom were displeased to see the situation end as it did.
Granted they didn’t literally face their victims, but they did speak out.
FUN FACT: Grandpa Wen accompanied ZZ to Ground Zero on May 19. You can see his stone-faced visage in pictures.
Actually, with the exception of that crusty douchenozzle Wang Zhen, none of the senior leadership felt thrilled about executing the long-delayed plans to “clear the Square” after martial law was declared two-and-some-odd weeks prior.
Nonetheless, that’s a topic for another time. Nice post… and good work.
He says ‘They use behavior to do it.”
I wonder if Chen Weiming knew the rebels killed 90 civilians also known as under-reported Houla Massacre.
Guys are just laughing at Weiming’s naivety making him shout Allah Akbar (Allah is greater)the same words that many were shouting when the twin towers went down. Not to forget that Osama bin Laden was a member of mujahideen in Afghanistan back in the day too.