On this 18th anniversary of the bloody 1989 crackdown against protesters in Beijing, I received an e-mail from a friend alerting me to the eBay auction page for a 1989 PLA Tiananmen Massacre Medal Watch, previously owned by a Chinese military officer.
This auction is clearly meant as a protest action. Here is the description posted on the auction page:
Spring 1989, a million of Chinese students, intellectuals, and labour activists rallied in Peking streets demanding democracy. The demostration was crushed down by the Chinese People's Libration Army (PLA) at dawn of June 4. It is believed that thousands of students and civilians of Peking were killed in the incident. This medal watch was only awarded to hundreds of elite troops who recovered the Tian'anmen Square. No local collection specialist has seen it before, it might be the only one existing outside China!
This medal watch belonged to a former PLA officer. Due to security reason, he doesn't want to release his personal information because he still has close family members in China.
The auction starts at $8,964.18 in memory of the 18th anniversary of the massacre, part of the final price will be donated to Tian'anmen Mothers Campaign (www.FillTheSquare.org). Don't miss this great opportunity for a real bite of the live Chinese history.
Automatic watch, fairly good working order, original leather belt; length: 23.5cm, diameter: 3.3cm, thickness: 0.85cm, weight: 60g.
So far, nobody has raised the bid. Any takers, anybody?