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25 years since Tiananmen Square

People in China, and across the world, are remembering the Tiananmen Square protests, 25 years from when they happened. More than 200,000 people poured into Tiananmen Square in Beijing in April and June, 1989, following the death of former Communist Party leader, Hu Yoabang. The unauthorized demonstration to mourn his death was crushed by Chinese troops on 4th June when army tanks rolled into the square. The resulting massacre is thought to have cost the lives of between 300 and 6,000 people, though no actual figures have been released by the government.

25 years since Tiananmen Square
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) tanks guard a strategic Chang'an Avenue leading to Tiananmen Square 06 June 1989. On the night of 03 and 04 June 1989, Tiananmen Square sheltered the last pro-democracy supporters. Chinese troops forcibly marched on the square to end a weeks-long occupation by student protesters, using lethal force to remove opposition it encountered along the way. Hundreds of demonstrators were killed in the crackdown as tanks rolled into the environs of the square. (AFP/Getty Images)
25 years since Tiananmen Square
Chinese residents check a burning armoured personnel carrier which was put in on fire by rioters fighting back when the army opened fire on the civilians on June 4, 1989 near Tiananmen Square in Beijing. On the night of 03 and 04 June 1989, Tiananmen Square sheltered the last pro-democracy supporters. A series of pro-democracy protests was sparked by the April 15 death of former communist party leader Hu Yaobang. In a show of force, China leaders vented their fury and frustration on student dissidents and their pro-democracy supporters. Several hundred people have been killed and thousands wounded when soldiers moved on Tiananmen Square during a violent military crackdown ending six weeks of student demonstrations, known as the Beijing Spring movement. According to Amnesty International, five years after the crushing of the Chinese pro-democracy movement, 'thousands' of prisoners remained in jail. (AFP/Getty Images)
25 years since Tiananmen Square
People Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers leap over a barrier on Tiananmen Square in central Beijing 04 June 1989 during heavy clashes with people and dissident students. On the night of 03 and 04 June 1989, Tiananmen Square sheltered the last pro-democracy supporters. Chinese troops forcibly marched on the square to end a weeks-long occupation by student protesters, using lethal force to remove opposition it encountered along the way. Hundreds of demonstrators were killed in the crackdown as tanks rolled into the environs of the square. (AFP/Getty Images)
25 years since Tiananmen Square
Armed soldiers of People's Liberation Army (PLO) hide their faces when they are photographed 20 May 1989 in Beijing on their way to Tiananmen Square 20 May 1989 after the Martial Law was proclaimed in Beijing 20 May. In a show of force, 04 June, China leaders vented their fury and frustration n student dissidents and their pro-democracy supporters. Several hundred people have been killed and thousands wounded when soldiers moved on Tiananmen Square during a violent military crackdown ending six weeks of student demonstrations. (AFP/Getty Images)
25 years since Tiananmen Square
A 25 May 1989 file photo shows students waving banners as they march in Beijing streets near Tiananmen Square during a rally to support the pro-democracy protest against the Chinese government. The 'Beijing Spring' pro-democracy movement was crushed by Chinese troops when soldiers supported by tanks opened fire on demonstrators on the night of 03-04 June 1989. (AFP/Getty Images)
25 years since Tiananmen Square
Picture dated 17 May 1989 shows a Chinese worker shouting pro-democracy slogans during a mass rally in Beijing streets in support of student hunger strikers gathered at Tiananmen Square, the scene of the mass pro-democracy protest led by students against the Chinese government. The April-June1989 pro-democracy movement was crushed by Chinese troops in June 1989 when army tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square 04 June. (AFP/Getty Images)
25 years since Tiananmen Square
Putting up parasols and umbrellas, student hunger strikers from Beijing University protect themselves from a heat wave as they enter the 5the day of a marathon hunger strike 17 May 1989 at Tiananmen Square as the part of mass pro-democracy protest against the Chinese government. The April-June1989 pro-democracy movement was crushed by Chinese troops in June 1989 when army tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square 04 June. (AFP/Getty Images)
25 years since Tiananmen Square
Picture dated 18 May 1989 shows Beijing magistrates wearing court uniforms joining workers demonstrating in Beijing streets in support of student hunger strikers gathered at Tiananmen Square, the scene of a mass pro-democracy protest led by students against the Chinese government. The April-June1989 pro-democracy movement was crushed by Chinese troops in June 1989 when army tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square 04 June. (AFP/Getty Images)
25 years since Tiananmen Square
Student displays a banner with one of the slogans chanted by the crowd of some 200,000 pouring into Tiananmen Square 22 April 1989 in Beijing in an attempt to participate in the funeral ceremony of former Chinese Communist Party leader and liberal reformer Hu Yaobang during an unauthorized demonstration to mourn his death. His death in April trigged an unprecedented wave of pro-democracy demonstrations. The April-June 1989 movement was crushed by Chinese troops in June when army tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square 04 June. (AFP/Getty Images)
25 years since Tiananmen Square
Several hundred of 200,000 pro-democracy student protesters face to face with policemen outside the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square 22 April 1989 in Beijing as they take part in the funeral ceremony of former Chinese Communist Party leader and liberal reformer Hu Yaobang during an unauthorized demonstration to mourn his death. Hu Yaobang's death in April trigged an unprecedented wave of pro-democracy demonstrations. The April-June 1989 movement was crushed by Chinese troops in June when army tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square 04 June. (AFP/Getty Images)