Tiananmen Square massacre

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Tiananmen Square massacre
Demonstrator in Tiananmen Square
Chinese 六四事件
Literal meaning June Fourth Incident

The Tiananmen Square massacre took place when a series of peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations led by students, labor activists and intellectuals in China between April 15, 1989 and June 4, 1989, were broken up by the army. The death toll is estimated to be between 1,000 and 3,000 in Beijing alone. The demonstrations mainly took place on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, but large protests also occurred in several cities throughout China, including Shanghai. The crackdown was a source of friction between China and the West, and also between the visiting Mikhail Gorbachev and the Chinese Government.[1]

Tiananmen (T'ien-an Men, or Gate of Heavenly Peace) Square marks the southern exit from the Forbidden City.

Tiananmen Square had been the scene of earlier significant demonstrations in Chinese history, notably those of May 4, 1919 protesting against concessions to Japan, and the demonstrations of April 5, 1976 following the death of Zhou Enlai, the latter being broken up by police. The square was also the venue in 1966-67 of giant demonstrations by the Chinese Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution.

See also


  1. Tiananmen - the Rape of Peking. Michael Fathers and Andrew Higgins, 1989.

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