In a scene all too reminiscent of the July 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and massacre, Chinese President Xi Jinping sent tanks into Xuzhou, a city of 9 million in eastern China, Tuesday night. The tanks were ordered to Xuzhou in an effort to suppress a recent rash of protests that initially broke out in response to Jinping’s zero-Covid policy that led to the deaths of at least 10 people when a fire broke out in a locked-down building. The protests, which have been rapidly expanding, have also called for Xi Jinping to step down and for an end to Communism.
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While videos of tanks rolling into Xuzhou on a rainy night were posted to Twitter and other social media sites, mainstream media in the West refused to cover the development.
Not only did most media outlets not report the story, but the Biden administration will not openly support the pro-democracy protestors who are risking their lives to gain their freedom and to protest the deaths of innocent citizens. The lack of acknowledgment or willingness to even bear witness sends a strong message to China that the U.S. will stand idly by while history potentially repeats itself.
In addition to videos of the tanks rumbling through Xuzhou, other social media posts showed Orwellian scenes of police officers and other officials clashing with protestors before dragging them away.