05 June 2009

Tiananmen Square 1989

I was in Hong Kong when the massacre took place.

Beijing pals were phoning and faxing it in until the lines went dead.

We watched what TV coverage was getting across until ... blank.

My wife and I had a literary agency spotting local literary goodies and skilled translators to sell to our pals back in London and Boston.

Not one of our budding writers was heard of again.

Comment Pic: "Tank Man"

1 comment :

Sibadd said...

Yet those young people died standing - peacefully -for principles we enjoy and often take for granted - killed by frightened old men. We may know none of those champions individually but Jeff Widener's 'Unknown Rebel' is engraved in the history books, an eternal image - if the moment came and one had the spittle for it, there are worse ways to go http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tianasquare.jpg