On this day in history, 25 years ago, The Tianamen Square Massacre took place in Beijing, China.
This came as a result of student-led demonstrations in Beijing which took place in the spring of 1989 and received a wide range of support from city residents, and in doing so, exposed deep splits within China’s political leadership.
On JUNE 4th 1989, The Chinese Military were introduced to enforce martial law in the country’s capital. The crackdown that was initiated on June 3–4 became known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre or the June 4 Massacre as troops with assault rifles and tanks inflicted casualties on unarmed civilians trying to block the military’s advance towards Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing, which student demonstrators had occupied for seven weeks.
The scale of military mobilization and the resulting bloodshed were unprecedented in the history of Beijing.
This event also was the crux for the famous photograph known as “Tank Man”. Which depicts a still unknown Chinese citizen blocking an approaching column of Type 59 tanks.