The Daily Populous

Wednesday May 29th, 2019 evening edition

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BEIJING — For three decades, Jiang Lin kept quiet about the carnage she had seen on the night when the Chinese Army rolled through Beijing to crush student protests in Tiananmen Square.

But the memories tormented her — of soldiers firing into crowds in the dark, bodies slumped in pools of blood and the thud of clubs when troops bludgeoned her to the ground near the square.

Ms. Jiang was a lieutenant in the People’s Liberation Army back then, with a firsthand view of both the massacre and a failed attempt by senior commanders to dissuade China’s leaders from using military force to crush the pro-democracy protests.

Afterward, as the authorities sent protesters to prison and wiped out memories of the killing, she said nothing, but her conscience ate at her.

Now, in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of the June 4, 1989, crackdown, Ms. Jiang, 66, has decided for the first time to tell her story.

She said she felt compelled to call for a public reckoning because generations of Chinese Communist Party leaders, including President Xi Jinping, have expressed no remorse for the violence.

“The pain has eaten at me for 30 years,” she said in an interview in Beijing. »

Amazon removes books promoting dangerous bleach 'cures' for autism and other conditions

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Amazon has removed more than a dozen books that unscientifically claim a homemade bleach, chlorine dioxide, can cure conditions ranging from malaria to childhood autism.

The books include directions for making and ingesting the concoction, which doctors and federal regulators have warned is dangerous.

In March, after a critical report in Wired, Amazon banned two autism "cure" books, which included Kerri Rivera's "Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism," a guide in which she introduced Humble's bleach recipe to parents of autistic children. »

Venezuela's economic crisis is now so bad that criminals can't afford to buy bullets

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Muggings have become rarer as gangsters struggle to pay for bullets and people don't carry cash or luxury items they can steal.

Venezuela's crippling economic spiral is having a negative impact on an unlikely group in society: criminals, who are struggling to afford bullets, and unable to find things to steal as the country's wealth declines rapidly.

Robert Briceño, the observatory's director, said the economic crisis is affecting every part of society. »

Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free

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Luxembourg is set to become the first country in the world to make all its public transport free.

On top of the transport pledge, the new government is also considering legalising cannabis, and introducing two new public holidays.

This summer, the government brought in free transport for every child and young person under the age of 20. »