1989 – Chinese Crackdown on Protests Leads to Tiananmen Square Massacre

This day in history:

AP Photo / Jeff Widener

Chinese troops storm through Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing, killing and arresting thousands of pro-democracy protesters. The brutal Chinese government assault on the protesters shocked the West and brought denunciations and sanctions from the United States.

In May 1989, nearly a million Chinese, mostly young students, crowded into central Beijing to protest for greater democracy and call for the resignations of Chinese Communist Party leaders deemed too repressive. For nearly three weeks, the protesters kept up daily vigils, and marched and chanted. Western reporters captured much of the drama for television and newspaper audiences in the United States and Europe. Read the rest HERE.

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1 Comment

  • Posted June 4, 2019

    Joe Z

    Who knows, China Joe Biden might have been driving one of those tanks.

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