Pro-Democracy Rallies in

Tiananmen Square

 

Protesters Try to Stop the Tanks

In April, students in Peking began a series of demonstrations demanding democratization of China. These demonstrations culminated in the occupation of Tiananmen Square, the central square in Peking. As the student rally continued, a power struggle ensued inside the Chinese government. The hard-liners won and the order went out the clear the square. This was done with considerable loss of life. Mass arrest of the protesters followed. These events were broadcast live on television throughout the world. China took a turn away from democracy on that day June 3, 1989 a direction China has followed to this day.