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.
Today in history: students dance at Tiananmen Square (5/22/1989) pic.twitter.com/RmTsqsBWdL
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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: