Magazine article American Journalism Review

Goddess of Democracy Raised Anew in Tribute to Freedom's Enduring Spirit

Magazine article American Journalism Review

Goddess of Democracy Raised Anew in Tribute to Freedom's Enduring Spirit

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The spirit of freedom embodied in Tiananmen Square s Goddess of Democracy lives. On the 10th anniversary of the massacre in Beijing--in which the statue and the pro-democracy movement it represented were brutally crushed -- a bronze replica was dedicated in Freedom Park adjacent to the Newseum.

The original statue -- made from plaster and foam -- was erected in 1989 to symbolize the freedom that Chinese citizens sought. But the Chinese army mowed it down with tanks while killing hundreds of people.

Li Lu, a student leader at the time, saw the original goddess erected and destroyed. "I saw her for the first time above the horizon, in the early morning ... full of life, joy and splendor," he recalled at the dedication ceremony in Arlington, Va., in June. "And yet, only four days later, I witnessed ... tanks crashing over [the statue]."

"Our dream is still unfinished," Li said, but the presence of the replica will be "a reminder to the American government that we need your help. …

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