30 Years Since Tiananmen Square Protests
June 5, 2019
by Magnum Photographers
The 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, known in China as the June Fourth Incident, were student-led demonstrations in Beijing following former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Hu Yaobang's heart attack on 15 April. Students reacted strongly to the news, believing that his death was related to his forced resignation and by May demonstrations were being held around the country. On June 4th the protests turned violent when Government troops fired on the demonstrators who were attempting to block the military's advance towards Tiananmen Square.