Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Emilia-Tiananmen Square

In April of 1989, the former Communist Party General Secretary, Hu Yaobang died after trying to assist with the direction of the political and economic reforms in Beijing China. The death of this beloved leader triggered what is now known as the Tiananmen Square Protests led by university students who gathered in the square for 7 weeks.   On June 4th, Beijing government officials sent 300,000 troops to the square to try and stop the 1 million students and civilians protesting the government. What I think is really important to remember is that no matter who you are, and how old you may be, you can make a difference. The people who started this protest were college students, just like us, who made such an impact on the city of Beijing. They encouraged other civilians to join them as well when they were only students. We must remember that if we believe in something stongly enough we can make a difference and impact the lives of others.

This image shows the 1 million student led protesters and civilians rallying against the Beijing Government officials. There is no comparison between the amount of protesters verse the government in Tiananmen Square on June 4th. 

This is a picture of the police forces in Beijing using pepper spray during clashes between protestors. This photo is effective because it sends the message that no matter what, the protestors are going to continue to fighting for what they want, pro-democracy and they will not give up even if that means being harassed by policeman. 

Ebola is a disease that is being contracted among many countries in the world that is very serious and deadly. Fruit bats are believed to be one the main carrier sources that are spreading this disease to people and other animals. Doctors are still looking for a cure for this illness. According to The Wall Street Journal, on Wednesday, October 8th at 7:51, a man named Thomas Eric Duncan died from the deadly disease, Ebola. He was the first person in the United States to be diagnosed wight the disease and had been in critical condition for days at the Texas Health  Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Mr. Duncan came to American last month through a refugee program but apparently had been in contact with a woman who died form ebola prior to his arrival to the states. This source used a lot more information about Duncans health care and other people that he may have been in contact with before he was admitted into the hospital. It also was more detailed in story of Mr. Duncan. CNN news approached this story a little differently by doing a question and answer style report. It gave a little background about the victim and then asked questions such as "Was Mr. Duncan tested for ebola before he got on the plan to go to America?" It also asked questions regarding his treatment and his illness. 


  1. Hi Emilia! I also wrote about Ebola as a topic that I feel is very important right now. I really enjoyed how you talked about and elaborated the very first death that was caused from Ebola. On the news you hear more about facts about Ebola rather than people it has effected, so I like how you talked about this!

  2. I like how your second picture really shows how the government is handling the current protests in china. This reminds me a lot of the "occupy Wall Street" protests that happened a few years ago at The University of California at Davis where a group of students sitting in a line were pepper sprayed for refusing to move.

  3. The second picture is so intense! That's crazy how the government in China does that to calm situations. That much Pepper Spray, wow!

  4. I really liked the picture you used to show us the recent Hong Kong protest. The picture really shows how strongly the people felt if they were willing to stand in the way of officers pepper spraying them constantly. These protesters showed true courage and were relentless when it came to fighting for the democracy they believed they deserved.


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