Thirty years ago, Beijing’s Tiananmen Square became the focus for large-scale protests, which were crushed by China’s Communist rulers.

The events produced one of the most iconic photos of the 20th Century – a lone protester standing in front of a line of army tanks.
What led up to the events?

Video by: Zichen Tsui, BBC Chinese
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  1. As a chinese, I highly doubt the motivation of BBC posting the video in such a sensitive timing. Yah, I am talking about the hong kong.

    folks, what CCP did for the protesters is neither as evil as western media spread nor as good as praised by CCP's bots. If you want to get the truth, refer to both sides, learn a bit Chinese, watch interviews of people who attended the protests.

  2. if hong kong lose this fight, it will be true china, many people will be dead, but that is what likely to be seen in future….. altough i dont agree of what protester of hong kong doing right now, but i still support the cause

  3. 这不是 FAKE NEWS 而是 一场激烈争取 自由 和 DEMOCRACY 的历史。
    Poor Chinese, Chinese people never experience true freedom, so they are just satisfied and identified their suppressed lives.
    在人们不自由批评的国家,例如政府,国家元首或政治家,有什么自由?

  4. I once presented military service 5 years ago in an army that at that time marched into the square and heard some diferent story from my collegues that served the army more than 20 years, it is said when the army entered the squere, there were people attaced those soilders, and some of the soilders got slaughtered like animals (I can't imagine how could that happened )and that was when the leader of the army decided to attack the crowed and clean the square, lots of soilders went dead too at that time when they tried to mantain calmness. Above all, I'm trying to feed you guys another version of story that you might never heard before for your consideration. Forgive my clumsy tongue, it's no easy for me to write this lot.

  5. they really werent lyin with quoting "give me liberty or give me death", damn. you know china's fucked up when the government hears that and goes "ok well you gave us the option bub"

  6. Wow i have to open my second account that is not under age(i am 16) because this is restricted
    But why is this restricted i can read & learn about jallianwala bagh massacre,vietnam massacre and many more horrible shit in history but not this

  7. The west media never tell the truth about china, they think they are god , living in heaven. and people like chinese are suffering,chinese gov are anti-pepople, and they have to do somthing to rescue chinese people. but the truth is that if chinese gov is an anti-people gov will china so strong today, will china's gdp become 2,will china have tech gaint like huaiwei.
    guys , china have 14 billions people, what anti-gov can against 14 billions people. not exist.

  8. HongKong will always be part of China. 150 of free speech n human rights. Hong kongers have enjoyed this rights that they have forgotten that they are still chinese n part of China that cannot be taken away. Hong kong was forcibly lease to English imperialists, all over the war of opium. Which is disgusting of England to forced China to lease out Hong Kong. Now, Hong kongers after 150 yrs.of human rights, they have forgotten their roots. Should Hong kongers continue to protest that Hong kong should break away from China's rules. Then, let Tiananmen Square Tragedy repeat itself once again. Human right or not it not Hong konger to decide. Many of Asia countries too doesn't enjoyed the Western countries's human rights. But, what can they do, as they have roots n also immigrants from China. Should Tiananmen square tragedy repeat itself, its the Hong konger had it coming to they.

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  10. BBC never stop spreading any negative news about China , keep going! The more negative you have talked about China , the more powerful they will be. However, UK will get fucked.

  11. before June 4th, the whole country was in riot and chaos, many people died because of the students protest. What's more, the student leaders went to America before June 4th, and told other students to stand strong in tiananmen square. WTF

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