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. Anthony's Case Posts

    Free Casey she was framed.

    June 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anthony's Case Posts

    Free Casey today. She is innocent. Be fair. We love you Casey.

    June 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ CSnSC:
    I noticed that.
    The original Anthony's C.P. has morphed into at least one flaming troll who lives in a House With No Mirrors.
    Imagine a deep analysis session with that one.

    June 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anthony's Case Posts

    has any one watched the jail house taps where George Anthony was talking to casey when she was in jail the first time he said i wish i would have been a better granfather that is talking as pasttence that means he knew the baby was all ready dead need to watch the taps carefully i do believe it has been a cover up with every one in the family George was a cop he knows how to cover up things like that and never thought it wouldn’t go this far so now he has to play along with it so he won’t be in trouble and Cindy knew it to it is a act with them all when cindy ask casey where the baby was she said to to cindy are you kiding me so i take it as cindy already knew as well and did you her cindy tell casey the reward was all ready up to 225.000 thats about all cindy really care’s about Cindy has already made a lot of money off of the baby and even went to new york to about a book and Lee was there as well with his lawyer on the book they all out to make money off the poor baby i am a grand mother if was with my grand child every day like cindy and George i would been out the very day looking for my daughter and grand baby Cindy told about her taking the baby swiming on the 15th i think it happened that day and they are all covering it up cindy even told her coworks on the 17 th some one had been in the pool and left the ladder up ..they had to act like they didn’t know any thing to cover there ass and all the smell from the car could have been put there after George and Cindy got the car every one that was in the car when Casey had it no one could smell any thing something not right if it did happen like casey said George would have had the baby and put the baby some where to hide her and George knows all about the hair band i just pray GOD will get the truth out Casey had to lie because her parent’s tought her how to lie cause they lie yes i know it is wrong but casey was scared of them and what would happen so she did what she was told and now George and Cindy is just worried about them self and all the money the will make off of the poor baby it is just a front Cindy has to keep the front up because she said she has become disable from all this hummmmmmmmmmmmm money again and they know now casey can get them for wrongfull death every one need to keep a open mind and watch the taps better thanks and pray God will show the truth

    June 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anthony's Case Posts

    Free Casey

    June 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anthony's Case Posts

    Free Casey today. Free Casey today.

    June 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    They have to realize that something's wrong.
    Nice try, though.

    June 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Real Anthony's Case Posts:
    You are obsessed by the murder case and by writing about it.
    You don't realize it, but your posts are annoying to all of us.
    You are annoying us more than an obscenity-spewing troll would, because there's a little humor there, while you just sound demented, and your posts are too long to skip conveniently.
    I'm asking you as politely as I can to stop, please.
    You need professional help.

    June 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tawdry Tales Of Anthony

      Oh he/she is well aware they are annoying...... I remember the first time I laid eyes on Casey. She was pulling thong out of her crack while she was walking down aisle 8 at the local Aldi food store. The red whale tail was poking out of her sweatpants that read "juicy" on the booty. She looked at one guy and flipped her tongue, then she made out with the guy that was restocking a shelf. She then looked at me while her and his tongues were thrashing about, so she stopped kissing and began walking my way. Her rug burned arms swayed in the air almost marching to a beat in a parade. I so desperately wanted to be Santa at the end of that parade.... hohoho...

      June 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RuffNutt

    Good post Cesar,thank you. Obviously,some of the news media is akin to Sarah Palin,Michele Bachman, and Scott Brown. This mumbo jumbo has to stop. There is no place for such Tea Party lingo in this forum. It's as simple as that!

    June 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jazzzzzzz

    Good post RuffNutt,thank you.

    June 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Isotta-Fraschina

    Good post Jazzzzzz,thank you.

    June 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David Letterman

    Good post,Isotta-Fraschina

    June 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ellis

    Good post,Mr. Letterman.

    June 4, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sarah Palin

    Will you all stop,please.

    June 4, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzzzzzzz

    Shut up Sharah

    June 4, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
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