Tiananmen Square Massacre

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Tiananmen Square Massacre 1989 The Tiananmen Square Massacre occurred after countless days of protests, mainly by college students, the Chinese government had become very frustrated when none of their efforts worked and they felt they needed to enforce their martial law. The Chinese government is a perfect example of how and why communism doesn 't work. Although they have changed greatly since the massacre they still have a long way to go in terms of opening up to the rest of the world and accepting the fact that the massacre was due to a fault of their own. The Tiananmen Square protest first began on April 21st of 1989 when 100,000 students gathered in Tiananmen Square. They gathered 6 days after Hu Yaobang’s death, Hu Yaobang was the leader…show more content…
The first thing that set of the protests was the death of Hu Yaobang, the former president, this occurred on April 15, 1989. Soon after, beginning on April 18, 1989, the protests began to spread and more people became involved. The protests were not only in Beijing but were also throughout the entire country. At first the protests mainly involved college students, however it quickly spread to involve more than just college students. They soon involved people of all ages, people left their jobs and their lives in order to protest for a more democratic government. On April 22, 1989, when Hu Yaobang’s services were held, thousands of students and protesters gathered outside of the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square in order to protest not only his death but also their government’s communistic ways. As the number of protesters gradually rose and spread to more cities the situation became tenser and on May 13, 1989 the protesters began a hunger strike in an attempt to get more political reforms. Soon after, on May 19, 1989, Zhao Ziyang, the leader of china at the time, made a last ditch effort to stop the protests and end the hostility. The next day, on May 20, 1989, martial law was declared and troops began moving into the square. With this new military presence the situation only got worse and worse, tensions continued to rise and hostilities grew. The protesters blocked the troop’s…show more content…
While both sides tried to reach an agreement, neither wanted to budge on their position. The protesters wanted a better, more open, less communistic government, and the Chinese government wanted the protests to stop and weren’t willing to change their communistic ways. The Tiananmen Square massacre was a senseless act that occurred because the Chinese government was afraid to open up to the rest of world and show the world their communistic ways and practices and was afraid that a rebellion may occur. They would rather kill hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people than show the rest of the world who they really are and risk an uprising. If they would have listened to the protesters requests and heard them out, rather than acting so rashly, maybe the people killed would still be here with us today and would be able to live out the rest of their lives instead of having them cut short by senseless, cruel, inhumane act (CNN,
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