Tiananmen Square Massacre
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.
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.
The massacre had huge implications in China and beyond, and still does today. Many sanctions against China, including United States and European Union bans of arms, have remained in place since 1989. And while China has come a long way, the government has not escaped the damaging reputation it earned at Tiananmen Square.