The Effects Of The Tiananmen Square Protest Of China

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Contrary to the Ying and Yang’s dependence on each other in Chinese philosophy, the people of China and their government could not depend on each other. The Tiananmen Square Protest of 1989 was a democratic movement calling for political and social reforms in China. This student led protest had been going on for many months but was forcefully oppressed by China’s People’s Liberation Army on the night of June third and fourth, 1989. The deaths that occurred as a consequence of the Tiananmen Square Protest was not the fault of the students, but rather, the disastrous situation China was in beforehand, the common belief that demonstrations would benefit the people, and the government’s obstinate decisions. China was suffering from harsh living conditions prior to the massacre, which pushed the students to take action. To begin with, the country had been under intense economic pressure. After adopting a capitalist type economy, the country began suffering from rising inflation, declining wages, and increasing unemployment rates. The biggest department store sold two hundred times its usual monthly income. Fearing inflation would make living necessities unaffordable, citizens used all their savings to purchase items ahead of time, thus, creating a false demand and increasing debt. Labour unrest grew as 20 to 30 million citizens were laid off in state enterprises that year. Many more were laid off in other labour sectors, increasing unemployment rates. Even though China’s economy

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