Tiananmen Square Protests (1 Viewer)

Ivan Drago

The Tiananmen Square protests were student-led demonstrations calling for democracy, free speech and a free press in China. They were halted in a bloody crackdown, known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre, by the Chinese government on June 4 and 5, 1989. Pro-democracy protesters, mostly students, initially marched through Beijing to Tiananmen Square following the death of Hu Yaobang. Hu, a former Communist Party leader, had worked to introduce democratic reform in China. In mourning Hu, the students called for a more open, democratic government. Eventually thousands of people joined the students in Tiananmen Square, with the protest’s numbers increasing to the tens of thousands by mid-May.

At issue was a frustration with the limits on political freedom in the country—given its one-party form of government, with the Communist Party holding sway—and ongoing economic troubles. Although China’s government had instituted a number of reforms in the 1980s that established a limited form of capitalism in the country, the poor and working-class Chinese still faced significant challenges, including lack of jobs and increased poverty. The students also argued that China’s educational system did not adequately prepare them for an economic system with elements of free-market capitalism. Some leaders within China’s government were sympathetic to the protesters’ cause, while others saw them as a political threat.

IMAGE #1> A sea of student protesters gathers in Tiananmen Square on May 4, 1989. They were asking for greater freedom of speech and democracy.

IMAGE #2> 1989, Beijing, China, Bodies of protesters shot by the Chinese army piled up in the corner of Capital hospital after the Chinese army occupation of Tiananmen Square on the 4th June, 1989

IMAGE #3> 1989/06/04: At the end of the pro-democracy movement in China, onlookers examine Chinese Army trucks and vehicles that were damaged or destroyed during the night of violence in and around Tiananmen Square. After weeks of protesting, the Communist Government carried out its final brutal nighttime crackdown on protesters only hours before this picture was taken.

IMAGE #4> 1992, Beijing, China, A crowd looking at the charred body of a soldier killed during the army crackdown of the pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square of the night of the 3rd and 4th of June, 1989

IMAGE #5> CHINA - MAY 27: Demonstration at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China on June 01st, 1989.

IMAGE #6> An altar mourning the victims of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing is displayed outside the Chinese liaison office during a march in Hong Kong on May 26, 2019.

IMAGE #7> Paramilitary policemen patrol at the Tiananmen Square outside the Forbidden City, which was the Chinese imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty, on May 18, 2011 in Beijing, China.

IMAGE #8> A general view of the Tiananmen Square under rain cloud after several days of heavy air pollution on July 4, 2013 in Beijing, China.

IMAGE #9> A paramilitary policeman stands guard at Beijing's Tiananmen Square during a plenary session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in the adjacent Great Hall of the People on March 7, 2009 in Beijing, China. The Tiananmen Gate, as a part of the Imperial City, was first built in the 1420s in the Ming Dynasty. On October 1, 1949, chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China on Tiananmen Rostrum. Since then Tiananmen has been the symbol of New China. Situated due south of Tian'anmen, the Square has an area of 109 acres that can accommodate as many as one million people for public gatherings. It has witnessed many historical events in China's modern history and is a place for celebrations on such festive days as international Labour Day on May 1st and National Day on October 1st.

IMAGE #10> A student participates in a hunger strike in Beijing's Tiananmen Square to coincide with a visit by Mikhail Gorbachev, leader of the Soviet Union. In the spring of 1989, students and citizens held massive pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing, China, which culminated in a violent clash between protesters and the People's Liberation Army.

IMAGE #11> Victims from Tiananmen Square.

IMAGE #12> Participants hold candles as the Goddess of Democracy statue (C) is seen at Hong Kong's Victoria Park on June 4, 2017, during a candlelight vigil to mark the 28th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing. Thousands gathered at a candlelit vigil in Hong Kong on June 4 to mark 28 years since China's bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown but the annual event is struggling for support among younger generations.

IMAGE #13> Pro-democracy demonstrators surround a truck filled of People's Liberation Army (PLO) soldiers 20 May 1989 in Beijing on their way to Tiananmen Square 20 May 1989 after the Martial Law was proclaimed in Beijing 20 May. In a show of force, 04 June, China leaders vented their fury and frustration on student dissidents and their pro-democracy supporters. Several hundred people have been killed and thousands wounded when soldiers moved on Tiananmen Square during a violent military crackdown ending six weeks of student demonstrations.

IMAGE #14> Using a loudspeaker, a student asks soldiers to go back home as crowds flooded into the central Beijing 03 June 1989. On the night of 03 and 04 June 1989, Tiananmen Square sheltered the last pro-democracy supporters. Chinese troops forcibly marched on the square to end a weeks-long occupation by student protesters, using lethal force to remove opposition it encountered along the way. Hundreds of demonstrators were killed in the crackdown as tanks rolled into the environs of the square.

IMAGE #15> With global attention turned to Beijing during the historic visit of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to China after 30 years of strained relations between the two countries, student demonstrators seize the opportunity to engage in pro-democracy protests on Tiananmen Square in front of the People's Palace

IMAGE #16> A man takes a photo of a statue depicting the Goddess of Democracy (C) ahead of a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on June 4, 2018 to mark the 29th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing. - Hundreds -- by some estimates more than a thousand -- died when the Communist Party sent tanks to crush demonstrations in the square in Beijing on June 4, 1989, after student-led protesters had staged a peaceful seven-week sit-in to demand democratic reforms.

IMAGES #17> Attendees gather at Victoria Park during a candlelight vigil to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. The U.S. and Taiwan led criticism of China on the 30th anniversary of the military's bloody crackdown on protesters, prompting authorities in Beijing to decry attempts to "bully" the nation.



















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Excellent set! I can remember when this went down---errrr, I read about it somewhere---the Chinese gov. brought in troops from the country areas because they thought that city troops would side with the protesters & they were probably right, the old forum had pics of those squashed by tanks.

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