Tiananmen Square Massacre Takes Place


Chinese troops storm through Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing, killing and arresting thousands of pro-democracy protesters. The brutal Chinese government assault on the protesters shocked the West and brought denunciations and sanctions from the United States.

In May 1989, nearly a million Chinese, mostly young students, crowded into central Beijing to protest for greater democracy and call for the resignations of Chinese Communist Party leaders deemed too repressive. For nearly three weeks, the protesters kept up daily vigils, and marched and chanted. Western reporters captured much of the drama for television and newspaper audiences in the United States and Europe. On June 4, 1989, however, Chinese troops and security police stormed through Tiananmen Square, firing indiscriminately into the crowds of protesters. Turmoil ensued, as tens of thousands of the young students tried to escape the rampaging Chinese forces. Other protesters fought back, stoning the attacking troops and overturning and setting fire to military vehicles. Reporters and Western diplomats on the scene estimated that at least 300, and perhaps thousands, of the protesters had been killed and as many as 10,000 were arrested.

The savagery of the Chinese government’s attack shocked both its allies and Cold War enemies. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev declared that he was saddened by the events in China. He said he hoped that the government would adopt his own domestic reform program and begin to democratize the Chinese political system. In the United States, editorialists and members of Congress denounced the Tiananmen Square massacre and pressed for President George Bush to punish the Chinese government. A little more than three weeks later, the U.S. Congress voted to impose economic sanctions against the People’s Republic of China in response to the brutal violation of human rights.



Posted in Cold War.

38 Comments

  1. <a href="https://cialisusdc.com/#">tadalafil cost in canada</a> cheap generic cialis for sale

  2. <a href="https://cialiswbtc.com/#">tadalafil drug</a> where to buy cialis without prescription

  3. buy generic cialis online with mastercard <a href="https://cialisbusd.com/#">cost of cialis</a>

  4. where to order tadalafil tablets <a href="https://cialisicp.com/#">generic cialis online fast shipping</a>

  5. cialis cost <a href="https://cialisusdc.com/#">generic cialis tadalafil</a>

  6. cialis without a prescription <a href="https://cialisedot.com/#">tadalafil price walmart</a>

  7. <a href="https://nextadalafil.com/#">tadalafil order online no prescription</a> best price usa tadalafil

  8. <a href="https://cialiswbtc.com/#">best price usa tadalafil</a> prescription tadalafil online

  9. modafinil sale <a href="https://modafinille.shop/#">order modafinil for sale</a> provigil 100mg canada

  10. order provigil online cheap <a href="https://modafinilly.shop/">buy modafinil 200mg online</a> order modafinil generic

  11. purchase stromectol online <a href="https://www.ivermectinusd.com/#">ivermectin generic</a> buy 12mg stromectol

  12. <a href="https://ivermectinuni.com/#">stromectol 3 mg tablet</a> buy stromectol 6 mg

  13. ivermectin pharmacy <a href="http://www.ivermectinusd.com/#">canadian pharmacy stromectol</a> buy ivermectin

  14. ivermectin stromectol tablets <a href="https://ivermectinuni.com/#">ivermectin 6mg</a> stromectol 12mg

  15. <a href="http://www.ivermectinusd.com/#">ivermectin otc</a> ivermectin tablets for sale

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Human Verification: In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.