From our archive - 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests
25 years ago today, college students began to gather in Beijing and other Chinese cities mourning the death of ousted reformer Hu Yaobang. Hu Yaobang’s death in April trigged an unprecedented wave of pro-democracy demonstrations. The April-June 1989 movement was crushed by Chinese troops in June when army tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square on 4 June 1989.
See more images from the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests
Top photo: Demonstrators at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China (Photo by Eric Bouvet/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Middle photo: Several hundred of 200,000 pro-democracy student protesters face to face with policemen outside the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square as they take part in the funeral ceremony of former Chinese Communist Party leader and liberal reformer Hu Yaobang during an unauthorized demonstration to mourn his death.
(Photo by Catherine Henriette/AFP/Getty Images)
Bottom photo: Student protesters demonstrate in Beijing’s Tianamen Square in Beijing, China on May 25th, 1989.
(Photo by Eric Bouvet/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)