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China June 4: These photos tell Tiananmen Square history

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June 4, 2019, marks the thirtieth anniversary of Tiananmen Square crackdown, which saw a weekslong, student-led protest for democracy and liberalization end in hundreds of brutal deaths.

In the early hours of June 4, 1989, the Chinese Communist Party sent a column of tanks and armed troops into central Beijing, instructing them to “use any means” to clear out protesters who had been occupying it for the past few weeks.

It turned into a night of bloodshed that continued into the next morning, where thousands of soldiers fired into the crowd, killing and injuring hundreds of people. The exact toll remains unclear to this day.

Scroll down to learn about the history of the Tiananmen Square incident — through 30 photos the Chinese government doesn’t want you to see.

Harrison Jacobs, Mark Abadi, Adam Taylor, and Erin Fuchs contributed to this report.

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