Tiananmen Square Paper - Catherine Powell April 3 2016 Dr...

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Catherine PowellApril 3, 2016Dr. HendrickMid-20thCentury History Short Paper #2Gate of Heavenly PeaceTiananmen Square, which means “gate of heavenly peace” is the center of Beijing, China. In May 1989, Chinese students began protesting against the Chinese Communist Party and calling for democracy. After three weeks of continuous protesting on June 4, 1989 the Chinese military and police force were sent to Tiananmen Square to break up the protests. The unrest among the university students in China began with large gatherings of students who wished to mourn the death of Hu Yaobang allowed for the culmination of these protests. Yaobang was leader in the Chinese Communist Party who pushed for reform. The people who supported Yaobang and followed his beliefs saw him as a symbol of anti-corruption and political reform. On April 22, 1989, the day of Yaobang’s funeral, an estimated one hundred thousand students came together in Tiananmen Square to lead protests asking for reforms in their government. The government’s immediate response to the protests was a warning that there would be a violent dissolution of any mass demonstrations. By April twenty-seventh students from more than forty universities were marching to Tiananmen. This led to the declaration of martial law in Beijing on May seventeenth. The citizens of Beijing were able to temporarily stop the army troops from entering Tiananmen by using their bodies to block the way. Protestors even created a statue made of plaster, which they named “Goddess of Democracy”; she was based off of the Statue of Liberty and was placed in Tiananmen Square. The army troops in Beijing left after only three days of occupation. On May

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