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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    All shrinks go into because they're nuts.
    However, you knew that.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sandyk

    Ok JIF but, wow! it has a certain pattern and doesnt seem to break that pattern within a post, hardly if ever makes an error in spelling... it is sorta creepy.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    All shrinks go into that job because they're nuts.
    However, you knew that. You wanted 2 say it.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Sandyk,
    This is a master of show business at work.
    The copy could be produced, saved, and entered when needed.
    Or, he could just be that fast.
    @ TROLL:
    Good for you.
    Impressive job.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sandyk

    Oh well whatever it is it gave me something to ponder for awhile. I just cant imagine a person not responding to comments made directly toward them and the post are everywhere always.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gianni

    This person is more disturbed than Casey Anthony is.
    There is no need for the constant attention-seeking posts this person makes. None at all.

    If I were in search of therapy, and I happened upon this person, (which I do not believe is in the mental health field) I would run so fast to the AMA that there would be fire in my wake.

    Although, I must admit, analyzing ACPs is almost as entertaining that the she-devil herself.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Troll:
    Are you Hagen, too?
    Are you writing more copy now, drinking or whatever, or on another site?
    BTW, I disagree with you about capital punishment.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    He's not a psychologist. That was acting: good-bad, bad-good acting.
    That needy drive is what makes great performers.
    This troll has a fascinating mind.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Had the troll known about Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck, he's have slapped me about their Psy theories in some way.
    It's the APA, BTW, sandyk, for shrinkage.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chinaman

    Yes. Capitol punishment is rather harsh. We executed well over 1,200 who were found guity of fraud last year alone! Keep in mind we are 10 where you are one. (worldwide) Now, how many would be executed daily in your own home city if fraud were a captol offense in amewica? Even your small towns would execute more fraudsters than china does if it were the law! No wonder fraud is a slap on the wrist of an American. Otherwise, your prisons would be full(er)!

    June 4, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chinaman

    Fwahd rather.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sandyk

    @Joey it definately does have an extreme ability to focus!! oblivious to anything outside of its obsession. it is almost like `rainman`

    June 4, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sandyk

    @Joey ps thank you for the APA BTW information...always willing to learn something. time to say good night ~ the book i am reading is calling my name.

    June 5, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ sandyk.
    You bet, he can focus.
    @ Chinaman Tlorr:
    We don't have to agree on that: I'll just keep killing, like Bates. I do have to perform tomorrow. So do you.
    Good night.
    SANDYK: Good night. Sree tigh.

    June 5, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pix


    I see that the trolls have evolved in my absence.

    Evolved into *what* is up for speculation….

    Hello, JIF. Interesting nom de plume you’ve chosen.

    Although they *were* beautiful vehicles

    June 5, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
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