In China this is Youth Day – an official national holiday that commemorates the anti-imperial student demonstrations that took place in Beijings Tiananmen Square on 4th May 1919. The protests were specifically against the Chinese government’s foreign policy and the pro-Japanese stance of some of its ministers. They were, however, also the climax of what subsequently became known as the May the Fourth Movement – a nationwide cultural and political campaign among China’s young intellectuals.
Students and others again protested at Tiananmen Square on 4th June 1989 when hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators lost their lives when the army opened fire.
Every so often the scenes of the latter event come back into focus.