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On 4th June 1989, many of my fellow students at Beijing University had already left the campus to join the thousands of peaceful protestors who had been gathering for several weeks in Tiananmen Square. Messengers on bicycles and students with loudhailers kept those of us still on the campus up to date with what was happening. We were young, naive, and fighting for democracy and a better China. When we heard that tanks had rolled down the Boulevard of Eternal Peace, crushing a freedom movement that was only seven weeks old, we were traumatised. When the soldiers opened fire, killing…

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