Chinese blogger-activist Zola Zhou has published what appears to be never-seen-before images of the 1989 Tiananmen incident on his Facebook profile. Explaining how he got the images, he says he met the wife of a former soldier while travelling on the train in 2007. She showed him two photographs taken by soldiers in the aftermath of the June 4 crackdown and allowed him to snap images.
Here, a soldier has his picture taken with the remains of a rifle in the aftermath of the bloody crackdown. The soldiers that were on the square that fateful day, says Zola, were never really given proper jobs afterwards.
In this second image, a soldier points his rifle at Tiananmen Square. Zola remarks, “Occupy Wall Street was nothing. Occupy Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989 was the real shit.”
“Tiananmen Square was a complete mess on June 5, 1989,” says Zola, “Apart from the soldiers themselves, probably no one knows what happened just a few hours ago.”
UPDATE:Zola tells France24 how he got these pictures:
In 2007, I met a woman on a train, and we started talking about Tiananmen. She showed me her family’s photo album. Her husband, a soldier, was sent to Tiananmen in 1989. He took these photos on June 5, 1989, the day after the massacre. She didn’t tell me much more than that. I think she didn’t realise that what were just a few snapshots in a family album to her was is proof for many others of the violence that took place on that fateful day. I realized how important this was, so I asked her if she would give me her photos. She refused, so instead I took pictures of them.
She told me that many soldiers who had participated in the massacre were never given public sector jobs, as was generally the tradition in this communist system. I imagine the authorities were very worried that after what they had seen and done, these soldiers might actually end up defending democracy.