Tiananmen Square massacre
|Tiananmen Square massacre|
|Demonstrator in Tiananmen Square|
|Literal meaning||June Fourth Incident|
The Tiananmen Square massacre took place after a series of pro-democracy protests in dozens of cities across Communist China consisting of tens of millions of pro-democracy protesters between April 15, 1989 and June 4, 1989, . They were the largest pro-democracy protests in the history of the planet. The protests were broken up when the the so-called People's Liberation Army was ordered by the Chinese Communist Party Politburo to kill tens of thousands of Chinese people. The death toll is estimated to be at least 10,000.
The massacre mainly took place on Tiananmen Square just outside the seat of the tyrannical Chinese Communist Party ruling clique in Beijing. The crackdown was a source of friction between China and the West, and also between the visiting Mikhail Gorbachev and the Chinese Government.
Tiananmen Square had been the scene of earlier significant demonstrations in Chinese history, notably those of May 4, 1919 protesting against concessions to Japan, and the demonstrations of April 5, 1976 following the death of Zhou Enlai, the latter being broken up by police. The square was also the venue in 1966-67 of giant demonstrations by the Chinese Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution.
On June 14, 1989, Former President Ronald Reagan spoke about the massacre. He said: "The seeds of democracy have been planted. It may take years or even decades before the people of these countries can sit in the shade of democracy, but sit in the shade of democracy they someday will."
Tiananmen Square massacre help fuel an explosive growth of Christianity in China
The Tiananmen Square massacre fueled a big rise in Chinese interest in Christianity.
- Chinese Killed At Least 10,000 At Tiananmen Square, Newly Declassified Documents Claim
- Victims of Tiananmen Massacre, Beijing, June 4, 1989.
- "Chinese Killed At Least 10,000 At Tiananmen Square, Newly Declassified Documents Claim", Daily Caller, 12/24/2017.
- Tiananmen - the Rape of Peking. Michael Fathers and Andrew Higgins, 1989.
- Reagan Gets A Red Carpet From British, The New York Times, June 14, 1989, "You cannot massacre an idea, you cannot run tanks over hope. You cannot riddle a people's yearning with bullets. Those heroic Chinese students who gave their lives have released the spirit of democracy and it cannot be called back. That spirit is loose upon the world this spring."
- President Reagan Speaks Out on Tiananmen Square Massacre, NBC
- Militant atheists caused a massive and explosive growth of Christianity