Peter Ellingsen (Yilin Sen) was from Australia and served as a media reporter in China during 1988-1991; he was also in Tiananmen Square and personally witnessed the terrible massacre.
The Apple Daily reported the unforgettable scenes Yilin Sen had witnessed during the massacre; countless Chinese students had fallen to the ground, and he saw blood gushing a from 10-year-old child’s face. He never thought that the army would massacre their own people — but they did.
In the darkness, he was unable to determine the direction of the gun shots, where the shells were coming from, or where they were heading. While standing on the main streets of Beijing he saw a tiny female figure with long braids falling backwards, her body falling apart.
A few students grabbed her by the limbs and rushed her to the Red Cross tent, where many mutilated bodies were waiting to be transported to the hospital for treatment. There were many bodies like that in there.
A Beijing University student put his arm around Yiling Sen’s shoulder and said in a low, firm voice: “You must let the whole world know this shameful incident,” and then he left. That was a very touching moment for him, but it did not mitigate the grief of the night.
After the crackdown, the streets of Beijing were filled with a chilling atmosphere. The death toll after the “Tiananmen incident” was estimated to be at least 3,000, shocking the entire world.
He died on April 15, 1989. A lot of people went to Tiananmen Square to mourn his death, which then evolved into a demonstration of demands for democratic reform.
Then top party leader Deng Xiaoping and other party elders decided to use force to resolve the situation. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sent troops to Tiananmen Square to clear the area, resulting in the horrific massacre.
This is the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, but the CCP has not redressed the victims of these historical event. This incident holds a very important position in the history of China’s democratic movement, and the world will never forget the atrocities of the CCP.