This year, June 4 passed under the deep darkness of Victoria Park. The Hong Kong police were on the edge of their seats, the wind was blowing, the Chinese Communist Party of Hong Kong had its pores up, and June 4, still passed.
Hong Kong people each commemorate June 4 in their own way. We commemorate a day not only with rituals, with objects, with mouths and hands, but more importantly, with brains and hearts. As long as we are alive and our hearts and brains are not dead, we can commemorate a day that the tyrannical authoritarian regime cannot take away.
The annual commemoration of June 4 in Victoria Park has become the collective memory of Hong Kong people and a symbol of “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong. With this sea of candlelight, the promise of the Basic Law that “the capitalist way of life will remain unchanged for 50 years” is still valid, but without this sea of candlelight, this promise is reneged by the Chinese Communist Party itself. It is not surprising that the Chinese Communist Party has reneged on its own promises, so it is not surprising that there is no Sea of Candlelight in Victoria Park.
Who is afraid of history? Only regimes that have harmed God and owed the people blood debts are afraid of history, but what murderous regime in Chinese and foreign history can escape the reckoning of history in the end? The people’s memory will always outlive the regime. History may be twisted, but the course of history has long been predetermined, and justice may be late, but it will not be absent forever.
The occurrence of June Fourth in China is an inevitable development of contemporary Chinese history. It is now clear that Deng Xiaoping’s reform and opening up was not to save China, but to save the CCP; Deng Xiaoping’s suppression of the June Fourth democracy movement was not to save China, but also to save the CCP. Without reform and opening up, the CCP would have perished, and without the suppression of June Fourth, the CCP would also have perished.
After June 4, Deng Xiaoping still insisted on economic reform, because if the reform was suspended because of June 4, the CCP would also perish; but the limited political reform that Deng Xiaoping intended to carry out at the beginning also ended in vain. The Chinese Communist Party has since gone down the road of extreme authoritarianism, and its original intention to imitate Singapore and take the road of enlightened dictatorship is not going to work.
When Xi Jinping came to power, the Communist Party’s economic power increased dramatically, the regime was controlled through high technology, and society was shrouded in a black curtain of dictatorship. The CCP’s expansionist policies led to a backlash from the West, causing the CCP to regress, right back to the Cultural Revolution and to its little brother North Korea. The reality of China is a magnified North Korea, a magnified hell on earth.
History turned around on June 4, and China did not turn for the better, only for the worse. The deterioration of China’s internal and external environment caused the deterioration of the internal and external environment, which in turn prompted the CCP to turn for the worse.
The June Fourth Incident consumed the Chinese people’s original sense of family and country, political passion and justice. The political elite left in droves, and those who remained were controlled; a large number of intellectuals chose to follow the cynical philosophy and compromise with the dictatorial rulers for realistic interests; more grassroots people concentrated on making money and competing for positions of power, and when they had more money, they indulged in materialistic orgies. No one cares anymore whether the state system is rational, whether society is fair, and whether life is sustainable. A person will only rebel when they experience bad luck, but you are numb to social injustice for a long time, and you are treated unfairly, and you have only yourself to face. Social resistance is sporadic, and society continues to fall.
On June 4, Deng Xiaoping said: “Kill 200,000 people to ensure 20 years of stability. The Chinese Communist Party killed Chinese people as if they were ants, and they did kill 200,000 people, and not only got 20 years of stability. But stability depends on the state of stability. Stability in a state of social harmony is sustainable, but stability in a state of deep conflicts and mines everywhere is only an illusion.
Thirty-two years after June 4, the Communist Party has passed the watershed between rising and sinking, and since 2018, the Communist Party has slid from its peak and is rushing down to the abyss at a near free-fall speed. The CCP has never been in such a bad internal and external environment, and has clearly lost its ability to cope with environmental pressure.
The CCP’s vindication of June 4 is tantamount to catalyzing its own death. History gave the CCP a chance on June 4, and history will not give it a second chance. Although Chinese people have lost their sense of family and country, their sense of historical responsibility, and their sense of justice, they will still fight to the death when they understand that there is no way to live without resistance. At that time, history will not repeat the magnificent tide of justice of June 4, but will end the Chinese Communist rule in another form.
China must go through a complete overturning before it can find a way out, and Chinese people must die before they can be reborn. Wang Qishan said he wanted to eat grass, and Xi Jinping said he wanted to “live from the dead.” They both saw their own end, and so will the Chinese, and Hong Kong people have seen it for a long time.
In the end, it will not be the Chinese Communist Party that will vindicate the 4 June incident, but the Chinese people.