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    Tiananmen Square survivor reflects 30 years later: "I'm heartbroken"

    Tiananmen Square survivor reflects 30 years later: "I'm heartbroken"

    On June 4, 1989, Chinese tanks rolled into Beijing's Tiananmen Square to crush a student-led protest movement calling for greater political freedom. To this day, the death toll remains in dispute, but it is believed thousands may have been killed.

    CBS News' senior foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer returned to Tiananmen Square 30 years later, to find its bloody history erased by modern China.

    Wu'er Kaixi, who at the time was 21 and was one of the main student leaders of the protests, managed to escape the violence.

    "I am the survivor of a massacre," he told Palmer. "I have to live with the guilt."

    Although he and the students knew the government was threatened by demands for reform, he said, he thought there was "no way" it would come to "real ammunition and tanks rolling over people."

    "You never dreamed it would come to that?" Palmer asked.

    "No, no, no, no," he responded.


    "We failed miserably," he said. "Let's face it, they are exchanging our economic freedom with our political freedom."

    The young idealist paid a personal price: he spent the next three decades in exile.

    "I haven't been able to see my parents for the last 30 years," he said, adding "I cannot go back to China and they denied them traveling abroad."

    "That's quite a price to pay," Palmer said.

    "I'm heartbroken for that," he responded.

    He's also heartbroken for the reform movement, once so full of hope, that's now utterly crushed.
    It's hard to believe it's been 30 years.

    On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heartís desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
    -H. L. Mencken

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    Thirty years and all we did was give them tons of our business.

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