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Tiananmen Square

 The Suppression of Democracy

In June 1989 the Communist Party of China sent the army and tanks to disperse a crowd of peaceful protestors in Tiananmen Square. The army, urged on by party hard-liners, tortured and killed approx. 7,000 to 10,000 civilians. It is one of the most bloody massacres in world history.

The protest started as a public mourning for Hu Yaobang (who died of heart attack April 15th 1989), the General Secretary who was forced to resign because he advocated freedom of speech and freedom of press in 1986. The large public mourning on April 16th 1989 attracted the attention of pro-democracy students and grew in size rapidly. By April 21st approx. 100,000 students had converged on Tiananmen Square to protest government corruption and nepotism and were calling on other universities and people across the nation to join the protest...

Learn more: The Tiananmen Square Massacre


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