Enforcement of martial law in certain areas of Beijing
Tens of deaths and hundreds of injuries of military and police personnel (in riots and accidents)
Protesters (mainly workers) and rioters barricading the PLA troops and nearby innocent civilians shot by some PLA troops (mainly 38th Army) on multiple sites in Beijing but outside of Tiananmen Square, hundreds killed, more wounded
Uncertain reports of few and isolated deaths of civilians near Tiananmen Square
Protesters (mainly students) peacefully withdrew from Tiananmen Square after negotiating with the PLA
Protest leaders and pro-democracy activists later exiled or imprisoned
Democracy Movement suppressed
Zhao Ziyang purged
Jiang Zemin promoted
Western economic sanctions and arms embargoes on the PRC
Market reforms delayed
Media control tightened
Political reform halted
Deaths241 - 2,600
Injuries7,000 - 10,000
The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, commonly known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre or more accurately '89 Democracy Movement in Chinese, were student-led popular demonstrations in Beijing which took place in the spring of 1989 and received broad support from city residents, exposing deep splits within China's political leadership. The protests were forcibly suppressed by hardline leaders who ordered the military to enforce martial law in the country's capital. The crackdown that initiated on June 3 - 4 became known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre or the June 4 Massacre as troops with assault rifles and tanks inflicted casualties on unarmed civilians trying to block the military's advance towards Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing, which student demonstrators had occupied for seven weeks.
The Chinese government condemned the protests as a "counter-revolutionary riot", and has prohibited all forms of discussion or remembrance of the events since. Due to the lack of information from China, many aspects of the events remain unknown or unconfirmed. Estimates of the death toll range from a few hundred to a few thousand.
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