Tiananmen Square

After hearing about the events about Tiananmen Square I realized there was so much about it that i was not aware of. The only thing about Tiananmen Square that i was aware about was the infamous picture of the man standing in front of the tank. However since this is the 25th anniversary of it Guest Speaker Scott Savitt came to the CSI community to spread more that on the tragic incidents he witnessed first hand.

Outside China, the square is best known in recent memory as the focal point of the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989. A pro-democracy movement which ended on  June 4 1989 with the declaration of martial law in Beijing by the government .The Tiananmen Square massacre left an unknown number dead, with some estimates in the thousands, and smothered a democratic movement.

The demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, which at one point had reportedly ballooned to a million people, were not the only pro-democracy protests in the country at the time. Demonstrations had spread to hundreds of cities, including Shanghai, China’s largest, and in the days after the military mobilized in Beijing, protesters were putting up blockades in Shanghai.

Just because Tiananmen Square doesn’t directly affect most americans we should pay attention to it because this type of military iron fist action can happen anywhere. we are semi seeing that today in 2014 with the recent shooting and death of unarmed black men. The national guard was called to “defuse” the situation of protesters however i personally believe it made the situation worse the same way the military force in Tiananmen Square did.

This is a very important historical event in Journalism because this was live coverage of a massacre. The journalist there were able to get the first hand look at the brutality. Tiananmen Square revealed the true feelings of the chinese government which was exposed as a regime prepared to massacre its own unarmed citizens in order to maintain its power. It is both mistaken and morally repugnant to argue that the deaths were necessary to “re-establish order” and guarantee future growth.


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