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.
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On 3 June 1989 the government of China sent troops to force protesters out of Tiananmen Square after weeks of protest pic.twitter.com/uggbN3Vcfm
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Today we remember the Tiananmen Square Massacre. pic.twitter.com/BdwK0HEIck
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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: