Tiananmen Square Massacre
The words “Tiananmen Square” conjure images of violence that still have a huge impact in contemporary China. When China’s People’s Liberation Army killed hundreds—or even thousands—of civilian demonstrators on June 4, 1989, the country was condemned internationally for its actions. Still, the government maintains that it was simply stopping a potential uprising.
The incident that eventually led to the killings in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square was the death of Hu Yoabang, former General Secretary of the Communist Party. Tens of thousands of Chinese students gathered in the square to mourn his passing.
presents “The Memory of Tiananmen 1989,” which provides a timeline of events leading up to the assault on June 4. The timeline begins with the death of Hu Yoabang, who had been a symbol of anti-corruption and political reform.
“On This Day: Chinese Troops Overtake Tiananmen Square” reports that the government intervened when it became clear that demonstrations were spreading throughout the country. At first the army only warned people to disperse from the square, but then began firing.
China was internationally condemned for its actions during the Tiananmen Square demonstrations but ... read more »
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