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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soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. Secret Asian Man

    Quit talking smack about my peeps....and enough of the phony accent, thank you.

    June 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rice Cube

    Word.

    June 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sandyk

    I REALLY think that Anthony`s case post is a machine or automated something or other. Is that possible? there is not a personality in any of those comments. am I off my rocker thinking that ~ they are void of any connection they just sprew words....

    June 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Automated Computer Nutcase

      If he's a doctor then I'm furious at how many kooks can make six figure incomes tinkering inside people's minds.

      June 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. meee

    I azz fugged her little corpse she was sooo juicy!

    June 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sandyk

    Whoops sorry about the error in spelling

    June 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ellis

    @Anthony's Case Posts-You are the King Troll. Now shut the #**!## Up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You Psycho!!

    June 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It's fast thinking, typing, and character identification.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gianni

    @Anthony's Case Posts;

    We know she's guilty. Now will you stop posting your analysis of what we all know? Just. Shut. Up. You. Freaking. Nut. Case. You are just as bad as the person you're condemning. Are you trying to figure out how to do away with someone without getting caught? Because you are guilty of at least one crime...boring us to tears.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anthony's Case Posts

    Yes, she is his daughter and let’s not forget that she is an adult! no matter how much you may love your children, I have been hoping that they will also keep little caylee in mind and do the right thing in her memory and let the chips fall where they need to fall.
    I do not believe in the death penalty, my personal beliefs are that no one has the right to take a life. unless your own or your family in in jeopardy (self-defense). there is some serious karma involved in this family.
    My prayers to everyone and that God will shine wisdom on the juror’s and justice for little Caylee.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pix

    @JIF:

    True. I could not have put it better myself.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ellis from Panama

    Listen to Gianna you quack psych.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anthony's Case Posts

    The duct tape could have been placed over the mouth and nose to mimic the actual cause of death. The story then is that cassy and her father wanted to simulate a murder which would in no way be seen as a drowning, and therefor implicate them both in first degree murder instead of the lesser manslaughter charge. Not likely in my opinion. Unless they are both stupid. My thought is that a person has gotten off the hook here. I speculate that Cassy knew the killer, and is protecting him or her.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ellis from Panama

    Hey CNN. Can you do something about this Anthony troll? He's annoying everybody.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ellis from Panama

    He is a quack doctor. And the duct tape he mentions above should be wrapped around his fingers and keyboard. QUACK.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gianni

    This person is no more a Psychologist than I am Tinkerbell.
    Seriously.
    You. Need To. Seek. Help. From. A QUALIFIED, LISCENSED PROFFESSIONAL.
    Obsession leads to disturbed behavior. Even more than what you're exhibiting now.
    Turn off the Television before you do something harmful to yourself.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
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