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Photo Gallery: Tiananmen Square, 1989

Pro-democracy Protests Turn into a Massacre


The Chinese government sought to suppress all images of the June, 1989 events at Tiananmen Square, yet foreigners in Beijing at the time managed to secure both photographs and video clips of the incident.

Some, like Associated Press photographer Jeff Widener, were in Beijing on assignment. Others just happened to be traveling in the area at the time.

Here are a few of the surviving photos of the Tiananmen Square Protests, and the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989.

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Construction of the "Goddess of Democracy" at Tiananmen Square.  Beijing, 1989.Art students and their "Goddess of Democracy" statueA man points out riot damage, Tiananmen Square, China (1989).Burning vehicles in Beijing PLA troops file toward Tiananmen Square to confront thousands of peaceful student protestors, 1989 The People's Liberation Army moves into Tiananmen SquarePress of soldiers surrounds student protestors, Tiananmen Square, 1989.Student protestors vs. the PLA
Protestors climb captured tank, Tiananmen Square, Beijing.  June, 1989.Chinese student protestors swarm over a captured PLA tankTiananmen Square student protestor, Beijing, China (1989).A Student Gets Comfort and a CigaretteThe iconic "Tank Man" photo from the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Beijing, China (1989)."Tank Man" or "The Unknown Rebel" by Jeff Widener
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