It Happened In Tiananmen Square

Oct 13, 2023 | History, Political, Videos

On the night of June 4th, 1989, something remarkable happened in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. For weeks, hundreds of thousands of Chinese students and workers had been peacefully protesting the authority of their leaders. In a country where such opposition had never been seen before, this was an unprecedented revolution in the making.

The brave protesters captured the attention of the world as their numbers grew bigger and bigger. The Communist Party scrambled to contain what they saw as a dangerous threat to their power. Although some had a feeling that this protest would not last forever, few could have predicted how brutal the end would be for those involved.

Despite the tragic conclusion to the movement, its spirit lives on today as an inspiring symbol of resistance and courage against authoritarianism. To pay homage to these brave citizens and shed light on one of the 20th century’s most influential pro-democracy movements, Al Jazeera is releasing a documentary about these events.

In this documentary, Al Jazeera speaks with multiple people who took part in these protests and dives deep into what made it so unique and powerful. From interviews with former protesters to footage from onsite journalists at Tiananmen Square during these historic moments in history, this documentary provides an intimate look into what has come to be known as one of China’s greatest acts of defiance against its government.

This is a rare opportunity for viewers all around the world to gain insight into what happened in Tiananmen Square 30 years ago—and why it still matters today. We invite you to watch Al Jazeera’s documentary about Tiananmen Square and learn more about one of China’s most remarkable pro-democracy movements firsthand.

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