Tiananmen Square Massacre

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During the time prior to the infamous June 4 Massacre in Tiananmen Square China, there were numerous events in which provoked political tension and ultimately stimulated the massacre itself. These events date back to Hu Yaobang’s death followed by the AFS’ seven requests, Deng Xiaoping’s editorial, the student hunger strike, Mikhail Gorbachev’s visit to China and the imposed martial law causing the tragic massacre. The Chinese Government, citizens, students, PLA and even some foreign journalists were impacted by these primary incidents to a great extent. April 15 1989, is the date of Hu Yaobang’s death and historically the day which changed the lives of thousands of Chinese people forever. Hu Yaobang was a progressive man of moderate…show more content…
Xiaoping’s propaganda featured twisted information and insulting statements directed towards the student’s well-organised demonstrations including, “People seeking to overthrow the Communist Party,” 7 and “…deliberately fabricated rumors.”8 The impact of the student demonstrations clearly triggered Xiaoping’s editorial as he retaliated fiercely by suppressing the Chinese student opinions. The demeaning editorial only worsened the situation for the CPC with a chain-reaction affect as the students and civilians were shocked and in due course, more motivated to raise the bar with their demonstrations as they than demanded the recalling of the editorial. “Demonstrators on the streets on April 27 had swelled to 10 thousand.”9 There is no doubt that the editorial, released only a day earlier, had been the cause for such figures as Xiaoping’s lies had a paramount impact on literally thousands of students and civilians. “Many people were highly displeased, including those in government departments.”10It is now obvious that the people of China were highly distressed by the editorial as well as lower ranked citizens within the government, who were negatively impacted by their own editorial. So in the closing stages, the students, civilians, and even several government employees were impacted by Deng Xiaoping’s April 26 editorial. The Autonomous Federation of Students perceived China to be in crisis with inflation, abuses of power, corruption and
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