The Tiananmen Square Massacre Greatly Impacted The World

1226 WordsDec 7, 20155 Pages
The Tiananmen Square Massacre greatly impacted the way the rest of the world viewed the Chinese government. Imagine not having the freedom of speech that we do today, or living in a country that kills the innocent. In 1989, college students exercised their right to freedom of speech while protesting their communist leaders, and the leaders of Communist China put the demonstration down with military force resulting in possibly thousands killed. But, throughout the last 25 years China has grown and developed into a much different country than it was during the late 1980’s. Granted, the country still has a long way to go before it resembles the democracy present in the United States today, but it seems to be headed in the right direction. The Tiananmen Square is a large public area and its name, Tiananmen, translates ironically to “Gate of Heavenly Peace” (CNN Library, 2015). It is located in Beijing, the capital of China (as seen in the map to the right). The square was built during the early Ming dynasty and covered around one hundred acres. During this time period it was the largest open area in the world. The Tiananmen Square did not technically adopt its name until the PRC took power in 1949. In 958, the square was enlarged into its present day size and it was also paved over. Located inside the square is the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. China developed a communist government in 1921 and Mao Zedong took control in 1927. This
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