HISTORICAL

Tiananmen Square Crackdown, 1989

Retrospective

This past weekend marked the 28th Anniversary of the tragic crackdown and massacre of protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.  Students calling for a more democratic government were met with Chinese troops and tanks in a brutal show of force.  Although there is no officially reported death toll, estimates range from several hundred to thousands.

At the National Museum of China in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, one will not find any exhibit on the dramatic and tragic events which took place in Tiananmen Square on the 4th of June, 1989.

It all began with the 1989 death of Hu Yaobang, a former Communist Party leader, who had become a symbol of democratic reform with his work of moving China in the direction of a more open political system.

Following his death on April 15, thousands of students began marching through Beijing to Tiananmen Square, calling for a more democratic government.  In the…

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