Photo Essay: Tiananmen Students Withstand Martial Law in 1989

June 4, 2009 7:39 am Last Updated: October 24, 2015 9:14 pm

On May 19, 1989, Li Peng, premier of China, declared martial law and troops were mobilized. Over the next two weeks plus, the Chinese regime sought to shut down the student demonstrations, and the people of China sought to defend them.

The Tiananmen Square Command Center invited children to spend their June 1st International Childrens Day, under the Goddess of Democracy.  (64memo.com)
The Tiananmen Square Command Center invited children to spend their June 1st International Childrens Day, under the Goddess of Democracy. (64memo.com)
May 20th. A student from Beijing College of International Relations painted slogans on his body:Dare to die squad - Buddha says: if I dont go to hell who will.' (64memo.com)
May 20th. A student from Beijing College of International Relations painted slogans on his body:Dare to die squad - Buddha says: if I dont go to hell who will.' (64memo.com)
May 20th to May 22nd. Citizens and students of Beijing block the entry of the army into the city. (64memo.com)
May 20th to May 22nd. Citizens and students of Beijing block the entry of the army into the city. (64memo.com)
May 20th. A mother introduces her child to PLA soldiers.  (64memo.com)
May 20th. A mother introduces her child to PLA soldiers. (64memo.com)
May 21st. A convoy of some 200 army vehicles sit idle after demonstrators blocked the road at Feng Tai 15 miles southwest of Beijing. (64memo.com)
May 21st. A convoy of some 200 army vehicles sit idle after demonstrators blocked the road at Feng Tai 15 miles southwest of Beijing. (64memo.com)
May 21st. A bus blocks a suburban road, stopping PLA convoy from entering Beijing. (64memo.com)
May 21st. A bus blocks a suburban road, stopping PLA convoy from entering Beijing. (64memo.com)
May 21st. A military convoy, marching to Beijing blocked by local residents. (64memo.com)
May 21st. A military convoy, marching to Beijing blocked by local residents. (64memo.com)
May 21st. Student demonstrators offering food to PLA troops in Feng Tai near Beijing. (64memo.com)
May 21st. Student demonstrators offering food to PLA troops in Feng Tai near Beijing. (64memo.com)
May 21st. Students wave fists and flags at helicopters in Beijing.
May 21st. Students wave fists and flags at helicopters in Beijing.

May 22nd. Students holding Tiananmen Square pass the time with a lively dance Monday morning. They have occupied the square for nine days. (64memo.com)
May 22nd. Students holding Tiananmen Square pass the time with a lively dance Monday morning. They have occupied the square for nine days. (64memo.com)
May 23rd. Soldiers wave from the back of a truck as it turns back from the city after being blocked by crowds. (64memo.com)
May 23rd. Soldiers wave from the back of a truck as it turns back from the city after being blocked by crowds. (64memo.com)
May 23rd. The sign says: God speaks: Remove Li Peng. After the implementation of martial law, people overwhelmingly wanted the  dismissal of Premier Li Peng.  (64memo.com)
May 23rd. The sign says: God speaks: Remove Li Peng. After the implementation of martial law, people overwhelmingly wanted the dismissal of Premier Li Peng. (64memo.com)
May 25th. Trucks carry residents to join the protest. (64memo.com)
May 25th. Trucks carry residents to join the protest. (64memo.com)
May 26th. Disabled veterans made a slogan out of crutches: Supporting students, Against corruption, Disabled Veterans. (64memo.com)
May 26th. Disabled veterans made a slogan out of crutches: Supporting students, Against corruption, Disabled Veterans. (64memo.com)
May 28th. Students from the Central College of Fine Arts, creating the Goddess of Democracy, modeled on the Statue of Liberty. (64memo.com)
May 28th. Students from the Central College of Fine Arts, creating the Goddess of Democracy, modeled on the Statue of Liberty. (64memo.com)
May 30th. On the morning of May 30th, the Goddess of Democracy was unveiled. (64memo.com)
May 30th. On the morning of May 30th, the Goddess of Democracy was unveiled. (64memo.com)