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Students shocked by Tiananmen Square massacre

It was a protest unlike anything Communist China had ever seen. Night after night, for six weeks in the spring of 1989, thousands upon thousands of students and residents poured into Beijing's Tiananmen Square to demonstrate for democracy. It all came to a violent end in the early morning of June 4, when troops moved in with a show of force to break up the protest for good. CBC Digital Archives presents a selection of clips about the protest, the massacre and the aftermath.

"When the sleeping dragon awakes," Napoleon once said of China, "he will shake the world." In the 20th century, multiple upheavals shook the Asian giant. The rule of emperors gave way to civil war and the Communist revolution, closing China to the world. The doors slowly opened in the 1970s with new diplomatic ties and economic reforms. The crackdown on democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in 1989 barely checked China's growth, and today the world's most populous nation is on its way to superpower status. CBC Archives presents China as CBC journalists have seen it over the decades.

Chinese students in Canada feel a duty to tell citizens of their home country what has happened in Tiananmen Square.
Medium: Radio
Program: Sunday Morning
Broadcast Date: June 4, 1989
Host: Mary Lou Finlay
Duration: 12:44

Last updated: May 27, 2013

Page consulted on May 27, 2013

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