Tiananmen Square 30 years on

Posted : 2019-06-04 11:41 Updated : 2019-06-05 10:58
FILE - In this June 5, 1989 file photo, a Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing's Changan Blvd. in Tiananmen Square. The man, calling for an end to the recent violence and bloodshed against pro-democracy demonstrators, was pulled away by bystanders, and the tanks continued on their way. Over seven weeks in 1989, student-led pro-democracy protests centered on Beijing's Tiananmen Square became China's greatest political upheaval since the end of the Cultural Revolution more than a decade earlier. AP

This file photo taken on June 2, 1989 shows people gathered at Tiananmen Square during a pro-democracy protest in Beijing. AFP

In this June 6, 1989, photo, Chinese soldiers marching away from Tiananmen point out an an Associated Press reporter taking photos, which was against the regulations of martial law that had been declared May 20 and later gave chase, firing twice before the reporter escaped near the International Hotel in Beijing. The Chinese army had fought its way into Tiananmen Square the night of June 3-4 to reclaim the square from student-led demonstrators who had been protesting for democratic reforms for three weeks. AP

Workmen try to drape the portrait of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, May 23, 1989. Reuters

A group of journalists supports the pro-Democracy protest in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China May 17, 1989. Reuters

FILE - In this June 3, 1989 file photo, a young woman is caught between civilians and Chinese soldiers, who were trying to remove her from an assembly near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. AP

A military helicopter drops leaflets above Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, May 22, 1989, which state that the student protesters should leave the Square as soon as possible on Monday morning. Reuters

Pro-democracy demonstrators pitch tents in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, China, May 31, 1989. Reuters

FILE - In this Saturday, June 3, 1989 file photo, a student pro-democracy protester flashes victory signs to the crowd as People's Liberation Army troops withdraw on the west side of the Great Hall of the People near Tiananmen Square in Beijing. AP

FILE - In this May 17, 1989 file photo, a striking Beijing University student is given first aid by medics at a field hospital in Tiananmen Square at Beijing, the fourth day of their hunger strike for democracy. AP

This file photo taken on June 6, 1989 shows People's Liberation Army (PLA) tanks and soldiers guarding Chang'an Avenue leading to Tiananmen Square in Beijing, two days after their crackdown on pro-democracy students. AFP

Chinese students carry a sign that reads, "Give me democracy or give me death," during a demonstration in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, May 14, 1989. The entrance to the Forbidden City with a portrait of the late Chairman Mao is in the background. Reuters

In this early June 4, 1989, file photo, civilians hold rocks as they stand on a government armored vehicle near Changan Boulevard in Beijing. AP

FILE - In this June 4, 1989 file photo, a student protester puts barricades in the path of an already burning armored personnel carrier that rammed through student lines during an army attack on anti-government demonstrators in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. AP

An inflatable tank facing the 'Tank Man' on display at the Liberty Square in Taipei, Taiwan, 01 June 2019 as part of the Tiananmen Massacre exhibition. EPA

In this Sunday, May 26, 2019, file photo, pro-democracy protesters carry a banner with Chinese reads "Vindicate June 4th" during a demonstration in Hong Kong. A vigil will be held on June 4 at the Victoria Park to mark the 30th anniversary of the military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement at Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. AP

Cars line Chang'an Avenue at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China April 9, 2019. Reuters

A young Chinese girl stands with an umbrella on the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, 16 May 2019. EPA

In this picture taken on April 8, 2019, a Chinese paramilitary policeman stands guard at Tiananmen square in Beijing. AFP

People hold Chinese national flags leave Tiananmen Square after attending the daily flag raising ceremony on the 30th anniversary for the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protest in Beijing, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Critics say the Tiananmen crackdown, which left hundreds, possibly thousands, dead, set the ruling Communist Party on its present course of ruthless suppression, summary incarceration and the frequent use of violence against opponents in the name of "stability maintenance." AP

Chinese paramilitary police officers usher visitors away for the daily flag lowering ceremony at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, 30 May 2019. EPA

A Chinese paramilitary police officer stand guard in front of a portrait of former leader Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, 30 May 2019. EPA