Beginning in April of 1989, thousands of students and other citizens started gathering in groups large and small, protesting many issues, centered on a desire for freedom and democratic reform.
By mid-May of 1989, hundreds of thousands of protesters occupied the square, staging hunger strikes, and asking for dialogue. Chinese authorities responded with a declaration of martial law, and sent soldiers and tanks from the People’s Liberation Army, preparing to disperse the crowds.
Late on June 3rd, 1989, the tanks and armored personnel carriers rolled into the square, killing and wounding many, mostly civilians – estimates vary widely, from several hundred to several thousand dead. The all 17 photos below were taken in 1989.
This file photo taken on June 2, 1989 shows some of the hundreds of thousands of Chinese gathering around a 10-meter replica of the Statue of Liberty (center), called the Goddess of Democracy, in Tiananmen Square demanding democracy despite martial law in Beijing. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of protesters were killed by China’s military on June 3 and 4, 1989, as communist leaders ordered an end to six weeks of unprecedented democracy protests in the heart of the Chinese capital.
This file photo taken on June 3, 1989 shows a dissident student asking soldiers to go back home as crowds flood into central Beijing. (CATHERINE HENRIETTE/AFP/Getty Images) #
In this file photo from May 30, 1989, a student from an art institute plasters the neck of a replica of New York’s Statue of Liberty dubbed the Goddess of Democracy in front of the Great Hall of the People (right) and the monument to the People’s Heroes (center) to promote the pro-democracy protests against the Chinese government at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
This photo taken on May 1, 1989 shows Wang Dan (center), a leading Chinese dissident during 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstrations and member of the Beida students delegation, addressing foreign correspondents in Beijing.
A file photograph from June 3, 1989 shows a dissident student (left) shouting to soldiers, asking them to go back home as crowds flood into central Beijing ahead of the army’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests.
Hundreds of thousands of people fill Beijing’s central Tiananmen Square in front of the Monument to People’s Heroes and Mao’s mausoleum in the biggest popular upheaval in China since the Cultural Revolution of the 1960′s in this May 17, 1989 photo.
An armored personnel carrier crushes one of the tents set up on Tiananmen Square by pro-democracy protestors early Sunday morning in this June 4, 1989 file photo
A captured tank driver is helped to safety by students as some in the crowd beat him in this June 4, 1989 photo in Beijing.
This file photo taken on June 4, 1989 shows an armored personnel carrier in flames as students set it on fire near Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
This June 4, 1989 photograph shows a girl, wounded during the clash between the army and students near Tiananmen Square in Beijing being carried out by a cart.
This file photo taken on June 4, 1989 shows Beijing residents inspecting some of over 20 armoured personnel carriers and other vehicles burnt by demonstrators to prevent the troops from moving into Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
This photo from June 6, 1989 shows People’s Liberation Army (PLA) tanks and soldiers guarding the strategic Chang’an Avenue leading to Tiananmen Square in Beijing two days after their crackdown on pro-democracy students.
This file photo taken on June 4, 1989 shows Beijing residents inspecting the interior of one of the armoured personnel carriers burnt by demonstrators to prevent the troops from moving into Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
In this photo taken on June 5, 1989 and made available for the first time by the AP on Thursday June 4, 2009, three unidentified men flee the scene, as another man (background left) stands alone to block a line of approaching tanks (background right) in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. This previously unseen photograph was taken by then-AP reporter Terril Jones and came to light after online discussions of the incident on The New York Times’ Lens Blog on the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.
A single man blocks an approaching column of PLA tanks on Changan Avenue east of Tiananmen Square in Beijing June 5, 1989
In this June 5, 1989 file photo, a Chinese protestor blocks a line of tanks heading east on Beijing’s Cangan Blvd. June 5, 1989 in front of the Beijing Hotel. The man was shortly pulled away and the tanks continued on their way.
Collected from website: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/06/remembering_tiananmen_20_years.html
Note: This is published not against the government of china. Just to known the world what happened in 1989 in China.