TODAY in HISTORY: June 4th, 1989
26 years ago in 1989, with protests against government corruption, lack of transparency and freedom of speech entering their seventh week, Chinese soldiers received orders from their government to take back control of Tiananmen Square and the streets of Beijing… at ALL COSTS!
By nightfall on June 4, troops forcibly cleared the square with hundreds being killed and thousands arrested. The international community was outraged by the incident, with many countries choosing not to buy and sell from China. This sent China’s economy into a decline. By late 1990 the international trade had resumed, thanks in part to China’s release of several hundred imprisoned protesters.
Close to 100,000 students from more than 40 universities along with city workers, intellectuals, and civil servants joined the peaceful protest in the days leading up to the massacre.