Chinese writer Lu Xun once wrote, "Lies written in ink can never disguise facts written in blood."
25 years ago today, the facts written in blood are all but forgotten. Young people in China, born of the post 80's, 90's, and 00's generations will never learn about what happened on June 4, 1989. Unless they leave China, or seek out explicitly, the events of April 1989 to June 1989 never happened.
Lu Xun's famous quote, written in 1926, continues on with, "Blood debts must be repaid in kind. The longer the delay, the greater the interest."
As it stands now, this debt may go unpaid. Young Chinese, many born after the events don't even know what the significance of the numbers 6,4 are. The older generation, talk about it with bated breath quoting the often spoken line of "Why dwell on the past when we can look to the future."
China's rise and it's foray into making it's people wealthy and fed has successfully shifted the narrative of political freedom to something of an after thought.
Why do you need democracy when you're too busy trying to feed your family?
Lu Xun is right, lies can not cover the truth. However, what if the truth is something no one wants to remember? Something that just fades away without being covered up?