Page 1 of 10
Page 2 of 10
The initial peaceful phase
Page 3 of 10
The historic events that would be, arguably, the harbinger of what is today’s China (in
economic terms) and w...
Page 4 of 10
Literally, a sea of faces at the protest gathering.
Page 5 of 10
In Tiananmen Square,
a huge public square in
Beijing, students build
the “Goddess of De-
mocracy” statue duri...
Page 6 of 10
The “Goddess of Democracy” completed
Page 7 of 10
A protestor, Chai Ling, addressing fellow students.
Wang Dan, one of the leading protestors, reads from a pre...
Page 8 of 10
The Chinese
government’s
characteristic
response to the
protests: the 3-4 June
military crackdown on
the prot...
Page 9 of 10
The face of the 3-4 June military crackdown.
Incidentally, the Chinese government has
spared no effort to ens...
Page 10 of 10
One of the incidents of that would come to symbolize the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre,
a lone anonymous ma...
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The 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests and Massacre

  1. 1. Page 1 of 10
  2. 2. Page 2 of 10 The initial peaceful phase
  3. 3. Page 3 of 10 The historic events that would be, arguably, the harbinger of what is today’s China (in economic terms) and which are also sometimes referred to as the ‘89 democracy move- ment 八九民运 or the June Fourth Movement 六四事件 began with Chinese students march- ing peacefully to Tiananmen Square on May 4, 1989, to protest government corruption, authoritarianism, and lack of economic opportunities. One of their manifestos would read: "The nation is in crisis -- beset by rampant inflation, ille- gal dealing by profiteering officials, abuses of power, corrupt bureaucrats, the flight of good people to other countries and deterioration of law and order. Compatriots, fellow countrymen who cherish morality, please hear our voices!” The reformist political mood of the students was already evident some weeks earlier when they had spontaneously assembled in the Square on April 17 to express their solidarity with the views of the former General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Hu Yoabang, and to mourn his passing two days earlier (from a heart attack). To the students, he had represented the face of a re- former who advocated much-needed reforms that could lead China out of the impasse of economic stagnation, corruption, and authoritarianism. His enemies within the ruling circles of the Party saw him otherwise; their ire would soon be manifest in an orgy of armed violence that would be un- leashed upon the students by the Chinese military as their gatherings es- calated to mas- sive sit-in pro- tests in the days to come. "The nation is in crisis -- beset by rampant infla- tion, illegal dealing by profiteering officials, abuses of power, corrupt bureaucrats, the flight of good people to other countries and deteriora- tion of law and order. Compatriots, fellow countrymen who cherish morality, please hear our voices!”
  4. 4. Page 4 of 10 Literally, a sea of faces at the protest gathering.
  5. 5. Page 5 of 10 In Tiananmen Square, a huge public square in Beijing, students build the “Goddess of De- mocracy” statue during the Tiananmen Protests in 1989; modeled by them after the “Statue of Liberty” in the U.S.
  6. 6. Page 6 of 10 The “Goddess of Democracy” completed
  7. 7. Page 7 of 10 A protestor, Chai Ling, addressing fellow students. Wang Dan, one of the leading protestors, reads from a prepared document to journalists.
  8. 8. Page 8 of 10 The Chinese government’s characteristic response to the protests: the 3-4 June military crackdown on the protestors; thousands die, and many are arrested, imprisoned, tortured, and executed.
  9. 9. Page 9 of 10 The face of the 3-4 June military crackdown. Incidentally, the Chinese government has spared no effort to ensure that the Tiananmen Square events are never mentioned anywhere in China. Not surprisingly, few Chinese know about these events.
  10. 10. Page 10 of 10 One of the incidents of that would come to symbolize the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, a lone anonymous man stops a column of tanks by standing in their path. The Western media would come to refer to him as the “Tank Man.” elegantbrain.com

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