The Tianamen Square Massacre

By: Mercedez Luna

What was the Tiananmen Square Massacre?

The Tiananmen Square Massacre was caused by the death of Hu Yaobang the leader of their Chinese Communist Party and by their economic problems.The students began a protest to start a democracy movement which they hope would lead to a party without corruption. It is also known as the June Fourth Incident.It was six weeks of protesting which led to the massacre on June 3-4,1989.

The Protest

The protest was in Tiananmen Square in the Center of Beijing,China. The students were at the square because they were mourning over the death of Hu Yaobang. Also they were there to show their disapproval from their reform of China.They protested by doing hunger strikes, and sit-ins. The protest led to the massacre of several hundred to thousands of people who were killed. Over 10,000 people were arrested for protesting and going against their government.

People Protesting

Tank Man

The media started to call the man who stood in front of the lineup tanks "Tank Man". This man had the bravery and courage to go against the tanks and tried to stop the tanks from causing destruction. But soon he was pulled away by citizens who wanted to help him get to safety before he was hurt. His identity is still unknown to this day. People wonder if he is even alive or where he is today. Maybe Tank Man is alive and well in China.
1989 Raw Video: Man vs. Chinese tank Tiananmen square

Wang Weilin

Some people identified Tank Man as 19 year old Wang Weilin. But when the government asked the Information Center For Human Rights for his record there wasn't one.Some people think he is Tank Man,others suspect someone else.

What Impact Did It Have On The World?

The Tiananmen Square Massacre had a big impact on the world.It became a global symbol and was one of the terrifying moments in modern China's history.Their government allowed everyone else to see how they went against their own people with no mercy.This is one of things that shocked the world.It has also impacted their education and economic reform movements.

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