The fall

China changes

In China, with the liberalisation of the economy following the death of Mao Zedong, the corset of the oppressive state was relaxed. Hopes for deeper changes were buried with the massacre at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 1989. Student protests expressing the desire to democratize public life were suppressed by the army and their leaders arrested. The pacification has exacted several hundred deaths - according to official figures of 200-300 - and several thousand injured. Memories of these events in the PRC are still covered by censorship to this day. The authoritarian nature of the Communist Party's regime is clearly reflected in the persecution of religious communities that do not submit to state control. This applies especially to Christians, who, after Buddhists, are the largest group of several dozen million. Catholic and Protestant places of worship are being destroyed and Christian activists are being imprisoned.

Communist China has also continued to persecute the inhabitants of Tibet, which was occupied from 1950 to 1951 and which was particularly hard hit by repression. The>persecution of Buddhist monks and the suppression of manifestations of independent living continue to this day in Tibet, which, like the crimes committed in the penitentiary system against the citizens of the PRC, clearly shows how far the Middle Kingdom, which is ruled by the Communist Party, has come to the standards of liberal democracy.