Remembering the Tiananmen Square Crackdown
Voices Thursday, June 05, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | June 5, 2014 | 07:12 pm IST  1989 was a dark year in China’s history. It is widely known for the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, a student led pro democracy movement.  Tiananmen Square is in the centre of Beijing, and the place where the demonstrations took place. When the protests began gaining support from the masses, the government enforced martial laws in the country’s capital to suppress them. On June 4, 1989, the military began its clampdown, and it is alleged that it shot several thousand people dead. Since then it is also known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre. It curbed local as well as international media’s coverage of the issue, which garnered widespread criticisms. Even today, the Chinese government remains tight-lipped about the crackdown. Yesterday, June 4, 2014, marked the 25 th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Crackdown. Hong Kong witnessed a turnout of tens of thousands of people to commemorate the event amidst tight security, making it one of the largest gatherings since 1989. People worldwide took to various social forums to remember and honour those who lost their lives in one of the most horrific episodes in history.  Twitteratis thronged the micro-blogging site with tweets and pictures about the event as well as the commemoration. Here’s a look at some of them.  Hong Kong remembers #TiananmenSquare. From @Mashable’s powerful photo gallery on 25th Anniv. — Jim Roberts (@nycjim) June 4, 2014 25 years later, #Tiananmen protest leader Wu’er Kaixi remembers that “very dramatic night.” — Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) June 4, 2014 Banned in Beijing: Some day, Chinese will be able to view this video of Tiananmen 25 years ago — Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) June 4, 2014 Our Beijing correspondent was politely but firmly prevented from entering Tiananmen Square today, and his phone checked for pictures. — Nicholas Dawes (@NicDawes) June 4, 2014 The story behind the "Tank Man" photo taken near Tiananmen Square 25 years ago: — Elana Zak (@elanazak) June 4, 2014 Hong Kong's candlelight Tiananmen memorial tonight is just incredible #TAM25 — Heather Timmons (@HeathaT) June 4, 2014 LinkedIn is censoring posts about Tiananmen Square, even outside mainland China — Gwynn Guilford (@sinoceros) June 4, 2014 One man showed us 25 years ago in Tiananmen that he could stop tanks with sheer will! And we don't even know who he was and where he is! — Shakthi (@v_shakthi) June 4, 2014
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