HISTORY – Tiananmen Square 25-years-ago Part 2: When the Tanks Rolled In


It was the night that the frightened old men of the Chinese government chose to ‘kill the kids instead of change’. Under one-party rule, the same men remain in power today and continue to pretend the Tiananmen massacre never happened. In Hong Kong, that night in Tiananmen Square has not been erased – a record turnout is expected at Wednesday night’s vigil in Victoria Park at 8pm (click for details). Hong Wrong will have full coverage of the event during this 25th anniversary.

Below are graphic images from the the evening of June 3rd into June 4th back in 1989 in Beijing. For part 1 – images of the protest camp before the bloody intervention – click here.

Hours before the massacre, a protester tells PLA soldiers to leave

Hours before the massacre, a protester tells PLA soldiers to leave – Catherine Henriette, AFP/Getty.

Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images

Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images

Tommy Cheng, AFP/Reuters

Tommy Cheng, AFP/Reuters

A captured tank driver - Reuters

A captured tank driver – Reuters

Jeff Widener, AP

Jeff Widener, AP

64 Memo

64 Memo

Liu Heung Shing, AP

Liu Heung Shing, AP

64 Memo.

64 Memo.

Manuel Ceneta, AFP/Getty.

Manuel Ceneta, AFP/Getty.

On the right, a foreign journalist assists a student

Mark Avery, Associated Press. On the right, a foreign journalist assists a student, Tommy Cheung, AFP/Reuters.

64 Memo

64 Memo

June 5th - Jeff Widener, AP.

June 5th – Jeff Widener, AP.

Tianamen massacre, 1989

People hold up a photo of victims – Jeff Widener, AP

Liu Heung Shing, AP

Manuel Ceneta, APF/Getty

Manuel Ceneta, APF/Getty

A crowd clears to show a tourists on a bus a dead body

A crowd clears to show a tourists on a bus a dead body, Mark Avery, AP

A handcuffed protester

A handcuffed protester captured by police – Manuel Ceneta, AFP/Getty.

AP

AP

Manuel Ceneta, AFP/Getty.

Manuel Ceneta, AFP/Getty.

Tanks and soldiers guard the Chang'an Avenue, June 6th - Manuel Ceneta, AFP/Getty.

Tanks and soldiers guard the Chang’an Avenue, June 6th – Manuel Ceneta, AFP/Getty.

'Tank Man' is seen in the background of this image

‘Tank Man’ is seen in the background of this image released by AP in 2009 – Terril Jones, AP.

Tiananmen Square then and now.

Changan Avenue, June 4th 2009 – David Gray, Reuters and June 5th, 1989 – Arthur Tsang, Reuters.

 


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