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China: Tiananmen Square Massacre Happened on 4 June 1989 | An Al Jazeera Documentary

How the state supressed a powerful pro-democracy movement

4 June

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In 1989, hundreds of thousands of people flooded onto the streets of Beijing and into Tiananmen Square demanding democracy, freedom of speech and an end to corruption. After a seven-week standoff, the government called in the troops and a bloody battle ensued. The number of deaths is not known. The Chinese Red Cross initially issued a statement saying that 2,600 people had been killed but rapidly retracted that. The Chinese government claimed that 241 people died, including 23 soldiers. ....