A Return to Direct Action

In Mid-August, a small but determined band of Greenpeacers stood in Tiananmen Square in Beijing and unfurled a banner denouncing Chinese nuclear testing. The demonstrators were immediately arrested and later deported. Even the journalists who were covering the action were detained, searched, and had their film taken away. As an educational tool for awakening Beijing’s population about continuing Chinese nuclear tests, the banner failed miserably, but as an eye-opener to the world, it was a smashing success, achieving coverage everywhere from Agence France Presse in Europe to “All Things Considered” here.