Tiananmen Square and Democratic Reform
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This essay considers the question of how much of the Tiananmen Square protest was driven by the idea of democratic reform. The essay argues that a true democratic transformation was not the major motivation for most of the protesters and that the notions of democracy were only borrowed in order to give focus to the protesters. Ultimately it was the corruption in the government and also the economic crisis that compelled the majority of the people to protest.
From the Paper:"Government incompetence, corruption and abuse might go largely unnoticed in this world if it wasn't for angry, protesting university students. There is something profound and volatile about large numbers of young people with access to knowledge and to the ideas of their peers - and governments know it, especially authoritarian governments. University students and intellectuals have knowledge, the fire of youth, and nothing to lose. This dynamic often inspires protests that expose government improprieties to the public, and at times, leads to change. This was seen in France in 1968 when a student protest led to a general strike and eventually to the collapse of the De Gaulle government. And in America..."
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