I wonder how many mainland Chinese are remembering that day today, or considering how close a group of students and sympathetic politicians really came to overthrowing their government.
China today is far more affluent than it was 21 years ago. But it is not necessarily more free. There is access to more information, but there are more controls on that information than ever before. What saddens me, from an ideological standpoint, is that the economic miracle of China - lifting so many millions out of poverty - seems to have largely justified this regime's quashing of any opposition.
Last summer in Taiwan I spent a few days with Wuer Kaixi, and he said something to me that I remembered this morning, as I began to read tweets remembering the Fourth of June, 1989:
"There are things you should get used to, and there are things one should never accept." Kaixi said that one night as we drank Baijiu from Yili, Xinjiang (his ancestral home) and discussed censorship in China. He's right, but I'm afraid that the message has been lost in prosperity. Today, Thailand is also less free than it was just weeks before. Censorship rears its head, in the name of progress and reconciliation.
Has stability bested democracy? Is that what the future holds?