School Datebooks Presents This Week in History: June 4, 1989

June 4, 1989 – Following a month and a half of student protests for democracy, the Chinese government ordered its troops to open fire on the unarmed protesters at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Student-led demonstrations took place in Beijing's Tienanmen Square, to expose China's political corruption. Government leaders suppressed these demonstrations, and ultimately ordered the military to use assault rifles and tanks to stop the unarmed students from protesting.

The protesters called for the end to government corruption, freedom of press, freedom of speech and the restoration of workers' control over growing industry. 

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Because the Chinese government continues to suppress information about the massacre, the official death toll count is still disputed. Estimates range from 400 to 1000 people who lost their lives that day. 

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