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.
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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: