16 Photos of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Crackdown China’s Communist Party Wants You to Forget
16 Photos of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Crackdown China’s Communist Party Wants You to Forget

Saturday, June 4, marks the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre that left as many as a few thousand people dead when the Chinese Communist Party ordered the military to take out pro-democracy protests.

Ahead of the anniversary of the bloody 1989 crackdown, the regime has arrested a number of pro-democracy activists and other dissidents, according to Radio Free Asia.

The regime cracked down on demonstrators after weeks of protests from pro-democracy activists, and it exposed a deep rift within the Communist Party’s leadership. Hardline Party leaders ordered the military to implement martial law before going after protesters in Beijing.

Here are a few old photos showing the pro-democracy protesters and the ensuing crackdown in 1989:

A girl wounded during the clash between the army and students 04 June 1989 near Tiananmen Square is carried out by a cart (MANUEL CENETA/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl wounded during the clash between the army and students 04 June 1989 near Tiananmen Square is carried out by a cart (MANUEL CENETA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

People Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers  leap over a barrier on Tiananmen Square in central Beijing 04 June 1989. (CATHERINE HENRIETTE/AFP/Getty Images)
People Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers leap over a barrier on Tiananmen Square in central Beijing 04 June 1989. (CATHERINE HENRIETTE/AFP/Getty Images)

 

This photo dated June 4, 1989 shows two injured people being transported during the clash between the army and students near Tiananmen Square. (MANUEL CENETA/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo dated June 4, 1989 shows two injured people being transported during the clash between the army and students near Tiananmen Square. (MANUEL CENETA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 An armoured personnel carrier is in flames as students put in on fire 04 June 1998 near Tiananmen Square in Beijing. On the night of 03 and 04 June 1989, Tiananmen Square (TOMMY CHENG/AFP/Getty Images)
An armoured personnel carrier is in flames as students put in on fire 04 June 1998 near Tiananmen Square in Beijing. On the night of 03 and 04 June 1989, Tiananmen Square (TOMMY CHENG/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Chinese onlookers run away as a soldier threatens them with a gun on June 5, 1989. (CATHERINE HENRIETTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese onlookers run away as a soldier threatens them with a gun on June 5, 1989. (CATHERINE HENRIETTE/AFP/Getty Images)

 

(AP Photo/Jeff Widener)
(AP Photo/Jeff Widener)

 

(AP photo/Liu Heung Shing)
(AP photo/Liu Heung Shing)

 

(MANUEL CENETA/AFP/Getty Images)
(MANUEL CENETA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 (AP Photo/Mark Avery)
(AP Photo/Mark Avery)

 

(MANUEL CENETA/AFP/Getty Images)
(MANUEL CENETA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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(AP Photo/Jeff Widener)

 

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STF / AP

 

 

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