What happened at Tiananmen square in China?

25 years have passed since the Tiananmen Square Massacre, China, when the army killed hundreds of demonstrators who called for broader reforms and democracy.

25 years ago, in the night between 3 and 4 June 1989, at Tiananmen square, Beijing, China, the Chinese Army killed hundreds of demonstrators who called for democracy. The tragic conclusion of these protests is known worldwide as the Tienanmen Square Massacre. It all began with hundreds of students and workers marching through the streets of Beijing calling for broader political and economical issues and protesting about corruption. On 13th May 1989 these students began a hunger strike.


After tolerating the protests, the Chinese government moved to declare martial law in the whole country, allowing armoured carriers to access the square. Here, according to Amnesty International, the organisation that focuses on human rights, a thousand people were killed. The footage is one of the few documented moments of the slaughter: a man carrying two shopping bags stops a regiment of panzers.


Today, the Chinese government still censors all memories of the fact on the Internet and through repression and threats.

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