Trip 8: CHINA HOLIDAY in 12th October 2011: Tiananmen Square

The Tiananmen Square protests, commonly known in mainland China as the June Fourth Incident, were student-led demonstrations held in Tiananmen Square in Beijing during 1989. The popular national movement inspired by the Beijing protests is sometimes called the ’89 Democracy Movement.

Watch these You Tube videos on the massacre in Tiananmen Square in 1989. The Chinese government doesn’t acknowledge this situation even thirty years on …… Watching these You Tube videos on the massacre will potentially make you cry:

ARCHIVE: Tanks roll into Tiananmen Square (4 June 1989) – BBC Newsnight

Tiananmen Square: Marking The 25th Anniversary

ARCHIVE: Tanks roll into Tiananmen Square (4 June 1989) – BBC Newsnight

Tiananmen Square crackdown 30 years on: why the wounds haven’t healed

Tiananmen Square is located in the center of Beijing, the capital of China. Tiananmen means “gate of heavenly peace.” In 1989, after several weeks of demonstrations, Chinese troops entered Tiananmen Square on June 4 and fired on civilians. Estimates of the death toll range from several hundred to thousands. It has been estimated that as many as 10,000 people were arrested during and after the protests.Several dozen people have been executed for their parts in the demonstrations.

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Ken Aitken standing in Tiananmen Square.

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Harriet Aitken on the far right with three other woman from our group standing in Tiananmen Square.

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