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Images of Tiananmen Square in 1989 and now

BEIJING (AP) -- Tiananmen Square in the middle of Beijing has long been the center of political activity in China. But it is most well-known outside of China as the place where a student-led pro-democracy movement was crushed by the People's Liberation Army in 1989.

Hundreds of students and residents were killed when the army pushed into the city to retake the square from the student protesters.

China's official verdict is that the protests aimed to topple the ruling Communist Party and plunge the country into chaos. Protest leaders said they were seeking greater democracy and freedom, along with an end to corruption and favoritism within the party.

Wednesday is the 25th anniversary of the June 4, 1989, crackdown that is a taboo subject in China banned from textbooks and websites.

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juanelan June 04 2014 at 8:59 AM

In Spring 1989 my wife and I went to the former Soviet Bloc State of Poland. It was still under the fist of Moscow then. All media was controlled by the state. There was nothing about what happened in China. Then, same trip, we get to Sweden. And the massacre there was always in the media(It had happened when we were still in Gdansk, BTW) In Sweden, Germany and then the UK - the crackdown in China was the #1 news. We got back to the USA and the #1 news was Tim Burton's "Batman". Even though it was only ten days in the past and a seismic event in world GeoPolitical relations, the "Batman" ad campaign had pushed it to the back of the room.
In June,I remember NPR interviewing some one about the Batman logo and how the Joker's grin was buried in the Batman logo and how important that symbol was for the nation's collective consciousness. I thought: 'Do we not have a clue or what? Are we really the country people look to for leadership?' But we are more than Batman, the Joker & NPR.

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Ghetto Cat juanelan June 04 2014 at 12:18 PM

They are content on creating a 24/7 airways spam atmosphere. Like Mexican radio stations must play mostly Mexican style music,

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chuzzlawit juanelan June 04 2014 at 1:54 PM

What are you talking about? This event was on every station and front page of every real newspaper in America when it happened.

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dwtomczyk June 04 2014 at 8:30 AM

usa is an great country

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hairoller June 04 2014 at 8:54 AM

How ironic which American college kids are such liberals socialists. People around the world have been dying to be what we are or were.

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John hairoller June 04 2014 at 3:35 PM

If the kids succeed in changing the U.S.A., will they be surprised when the totalitarian government throws their butts in jail.

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llozano June 04 2014 at 8:56 AM

If no one remembers an event; did it happen? Most people not alive at the time don't remember this event and what it meant. The Chinese continue to erase this from the annals of their history.

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DocnChaos June 04 2014 at 6:33 AM

Yeah,,, well,,, this is what you can look forward to in the good old USA!
Brace yourself, Obummer is setting it up right now,,,right before your sleeping eyes!!!

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gmartin997 June 04 2014 at 7:30 AM

I'm afraid my opinion of Tiananmen Square wouldn't be very popular because I object to all forms of civil disobedience, and I cannot garner sympathy for those who suffer the consequences. I have never known it to accomplish anything but breed hate, resentment, chaos, riots, destruction and death. The Chinese Army's actions might have been atrocious, but I have often thought such protests in this county should be handled in the same way when protesters blatantly defy court orders. In the end, the deaths of thousands accomplished nothing; but the Chinese place little value on Life and death is expected. They don't pretend to understand the minds of our people.

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boardsrbetter June 04 2014 at 9:52 AM

Thats nice, he slauters a bunch of kids, then bans it from text books, like we wont remember what he did.

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jtdancernh boardsrbetter June 04 2014 at 12:47 PM

"Thats nice, he slauters a bunch of kids, then bans it from text books, like we wont remember what he did."

Huh...Sounds like someone took a page out of the Republican playbook.

P.S. It's "slaughters," not "slauters."

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chuzzlawit boardsrbetter June 04 2014 at 1:57 PM

It is Slaw-ters. As in..."I will have some Slaw, ters on my hot dog, please"

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John chuzzlawit June 04 2014 at 3:32 PM

You must be from Texas. Prettiest women in the United States.

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ajafullmn June 04 2014 at 9:00 AM

with as many people there are in China, you'd think they would be able to take over their communist govt.

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oujoou June 04 2014 at 5:47 AM

College kids may not party the same from continent to continent . . . but from traveling a lot . . . I found that most 20 years olds see this compelling NEED to change the world. I live in a college town. I was a college kid at one point. I was always embarrassed to hang out with college kids . . even then. You respect your elders in China. If you don't . . . the Tiananmen square thing happens. China is not Thailand. Your parents didn't rent your body out to pay rent when you were 8. They love their kids there . . . just like they do in all civilized places. Bad kids. There's no room for them in the 'machine' that is knows as China. College kids take over. lol. Umm . . . only if we want VD to spread like the common cold. :( Bottoms up. :)

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JD June 04 2014 at 10:05 AM

I was there and saw the entire thing.

Deng Xiao Peng was determined to not let another cultural revolution take hold.The students were unhappy because the cadre's kids were getting all the breaks and they were denied the option to pick their work units on graduation. Afterwards there was a lot of second guessing in private on the part of the leadership. We killed our kids. They did not need live ammo. Rubber bullets, firehoses the usual and customary brutal methods would have worked. Note the tank picture was not in the square but on Changan Ave and happened several days later. No one knows who the guy was or what happended to him. Also the protests started several weeks before when Hu Yaobang died in April. Then Gorby came to town to kiss and make up with Deng Xiao Peng but all these protesters were everywhere messing things up. There were hundreds of media types in town covering the Gorby Deng show who hung around to cover the protests. This is an over simplification

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