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 ... read more »
China was internationally condemned for its actions during the Tiananmen Square demonstrations but the government maintains that it was putting down a potential uprising. Images and written remembrances of the historic event depict a people enraged by the actions of their leaders.
“Witnessing Tiananmen: Clearing the square,” a site that marked the 15th anniversary of the massacre, provides interviews with some of the individuals who witnessed the protests and the killings, as well as analytical stories about the event and it’s impact then and now.
The Unknown Rebel, part of “The Time 100,” tells the story of the “tank man,” who came to symbolize the opposition to the army; his image is perhaps the most famous from the Tiananmen Square protests. The man who stood before a column of tanks, blocking their progress, has never been identified and his fate is unknown to this day.
The massacre had huge implications in China and beyond, and still does today. Many sanctions ... read more »
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