June 3, 2014

The Legacy of Tiananmen Square

Johan Lagerkvist, Yale Global

The Associated Press

Twenty-five years ago this week, horrific scenes took place at Muxidi in central Beijing. Thousands of students and workers attempted to halt the advance of the People's Liberation Army toward Tiananmen Square and realized, in disbelief, that the soldiers were using live ammunition against them. Deng Xiaoping, China's behind-the-scenes "paramount leader," gave troops an order that the square must be cleared by June 4. As the bloodied bodies fell to the ground, people screamed "Fascists," "Murderers," and "Gangster government." Muxidi on Chang'an Avenue, running past Tiananmen Square, was the main site of the massacre, marking the brutal end of nearly seven dramatic weeks of marches for democracy in the capital and across the country.

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