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  1. June 4, 1989 21 years Anniversary

  2. June Fourth Incident • Led mainly by students and intellectuals • The protests were sparked by the death of a pro-democracy and anti-corruption official, Hu Yaobang, whom protesters wanted to mourn • By the eve of Hu's funeral, 100,000 people had gathered at Tiananmen Square • The protests lacked a unified cause or leadership

  3. participants were generally against the government's authoritarianism and voiced calls for economic change and democratic reform within the structure of the government • large-scale protests also occurred in cities throughout China, including Shanghai, which remained peaceful throughout the protests. • The movement lasted seven weeks after Hu's death on 15 April • The number of deaths is not known

  4. Following the conflict, the government conducted widespread arrests of protesters and their supporters • cracked down on other protests around China • banned the foreign press from the country • and strictly controlled coverage of the events in the PRC press • Members of the Party who had publicly sympathized with the protesters were purged, with several high-ranking members placed under house arrest, such as General Secretary Zhao Ziyang.

  5. June 4, 1989 • Tank Man • Tiananmen Massacre