took the Chinese army until 4th June to completely clear the square of the protesters
for democratic reform. Hundreds were killed and thousands arrested.
had started back in April 15, following the death of Hu Yaobang who had supported
democratic reforms. 100,000 students and protesters took to the streets to mourn
his passing. A group of students requested a meeting with Premier Li Peng on April
22nd to discuss democratic reforms, but were refused, and thus students boycotted
universities across the nation.
congregated in Tiananmen Square where, by the middle of May, the crowd had growing
to close to a million.
law was declared on May 20th.
authorities moved to the military option after talks stalled on 3rd June. Infamous
pictures of students blocking the army's progress (one man stood in front of a
tank) flashed around the world.
West, for a very short time, imposed economic sanctions, but by the end of 1990
trade had resumed again.