Gotta Watch: Tiananmen Square protests
June 4th, 2011
02:21 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Tiananmen Square protests

It was a day in China's history that will never be forgotten.  June 4, 1989, Chinese troops opened fire on students and protesters in Tiananmen Square.  The protests began in April following the death of former Communist Party General Secretary Hu Yaobang. Only a handful of people originally showed up to the square in his memory, but as weeks passed hundreds of thousands of people joined the demonstration, which became a mass movement for political reform.  The protests remained peaceful until troops opened fire June 4th. The government reported 241 people were killed and 7,000 were wounded. In today's Gotta Watch we remember the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

China's perfect storm - In 1989 the world watched mainly students and intellectuals protest in Tiananmen Square. CNN's Kristi Lu Stout details the most influential moments of the protests and the mystery that still surrounds the "tank man."

Dodging bullets for "tank man" - CNN photojournalist Jonathan Schaer opens up about how he feared for his life while capturing video of the "tank man" on June 5, 1989.

On the ground in Tiananmen Square - A CNN reporter stands inTiananmen Square as hundreds of thousands of people join the protest against Communist rule.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    WHAT NO ONE SAYS IS... "tank man" was a mechanic and left his tool bag on the back of it before the parade..

    he simplely was asking them to make sure not to lose his tools and give them back after the parade..

    June 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Enough with the anti-chinese right wing propaganda! China rocks.

      June 4, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penguin Pete's Words Of Wisdom

      Vere libera eligeret EX fato et alius hominis impedire fortunae tuis.

      June 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JJ

    I love a gay black man to hug me.

    June 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ellis

    I love chorizo. I have a big one morning,day, and night. I love a gay man too JJ,but I'm not sharing. I sure miss Panama the beautiful. America sukks.

    June 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT

    dear gay troll.. the gay thing is getting pretty old and lame..

    June 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    None of the topics is relevant to important issues in the USA now.
    I think that this "news" is published to distract a basically liberal (fiscally) audience from economic issues that threaten the current administration.
    "Give us another circus!"
    "Give us more wine!"
    "But the people have no bread."
    "Then let them have a new diet."

    June 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jazuz

    Thats the problem with america people spend tooo much time reliving the past they dont know how to move forward thats why we'll be going to mexico for work soon

    June 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    What we discuss here is the material chosen by, written by, and presented by a news organization.
    We are expected to remain "on topic."
    If we do not remain on topic, we police ourselves to do so.
    1984.

    June 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Does it matter to my employment whether Casey Anthony is sentenced to lethal injection or not?
    Where are the jobs?

    June 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anthony's Case Posts

    you have got to be kidding! this spoiled brat has lied from jump. i am a psychologist and i specialize in behavior and body language. the lowering of mr. anthony’s head is true to form for someone who is broken and in despair. i cannot say whether or not the molestation is true. however, her credibility is seriously tarnished. quite frankly, that doesn’t matter. i do know that it would be highly unlikely that a group of people would respond to an accident with such fear and shame. the grandparents would have, most likely, called for help upon finding caylee. the jail house conversations clearly show that the grandparents did not know where caylee was, while casey was still pointing the finger at the mystery nanny. in addition, the duct tape over the mouth to frame his daughter theory is ridiculous! people just don’t go to such elaborate lengths when they are panicked. the jury will not buy this nonsense.

    June 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Anthony's Case Posts:
    No, I was not kidding: Casey's conviction and punishment will be absolutely irrelevant to employment in our country. That's what I said, before you stated that I had to be kidding.
    You volunteered that you are a psychologist specializing in behavior and body language.
    In what "school" of pyschology was your training?
    Ellis?
    Beck?

    June 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fernace

    Today is the anniversary of the Tiannanmen Massacre of peaceful protesters! The image of "tank man" staring down the tank was as powerful as it gets! Then he was shot, in cold Chinese governmental blood! After so many killed & injured, we haven't seen any other uprisings by the Chinese. They need to rise up against their repressive government,as so many African & Arabic nations are. Today, on the anniversary, would be a great day! Long live the memory of the brave, who stood up if only for a moment!

    June 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lyndsie Graham

      More right-wing bla-bla-bla. This time about the Chinese. I bet that you have nothing to say about this cursed Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen and the people he's butchering there,do you? I guess not!!!

      June 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Anthony's Case Posts:
    I see now that you may not have been responding to my mentioning Casey at all, despite your post's immediately following mine: you just post the same comments anywhere, regardless of the topic or other persons' comments.
    I'm sure that you, as a psychologist, must be aware of your reason for posting in that manner. Why DO you do it?

    June 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT

    I noticed that the people in the news media have been bed-wetting crybabies back on June4,1989 over what happened at Tiennamen Square in China and the so-called "human rights abuses" by the Chinese military. Yet in places like Argentina and Chile back in the 1970's and '80's,for instance,these same people remained absolutely silent over what went on in these places as horrific as it was. This smacks of a double standard in reporting.

    June 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Well said,RUFFNUTT. Thank you.

      June 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Franklin

    I'm voting the Ron Paul for President/Dennis Kucinich Vice President in 2012.

    June 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      So would I Franklin,but unfortunately, neither will be nominated due to too many right-wing fanatics standing in the way in both political parties. It looks like this thug Barack Obama is going to be reelected, sadly enough.

      June 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. toocy

    @ Joey I-F: that troll is crazeeee.

    June 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
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