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June 4th 1989: The Tiananmen massacre
AFAR
6/4/2005



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Tianamen April- June 1989: Tens of thousands of students, democracy advocates, reformers and Chinese citizens who hoped for improvements in their nation gathered in Tiananmen Square in Beijing to mourn the passing of former General Secretary Hu Yaobang, who had sought democratic reforms for China. Tension between the mourners and the police and soldiers grew, culminating finally in an Army assault, with tanks and machine guns, on the gathered citizens in Tiananmen Square on the night of June 3-4.

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