Thursday, 4 June 2009

4 June 1989

Its twenty years since Tiananmen Square
Twenty years since i stood by the Clydeside
in silent protest with democrats and shame-faced Stalinists

Twenty years since angry right-wing Chinese students
rapidly moving leftwards watched protestors with clenched fists
sing the Internationale at confused, fearful, murderous soldiers

Twenty years since slaughtering old men chose to treat
their people like cattle fearing worker solidarity
and the inevitable Fourth revolution which, of course, they only delayed.

Peter Burton

Holding up a Tank

LIAO YIWU served 4 years for this poem about Tiananmen

LIAO YIWU 廖亦武 屠杀