Tiananmen Square in 1989 and now
Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather on Wednesday (June 4), holding candles aloft to remember those killed at the Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
China allows no public discussion of the events of June 3-4, 1989, when soldiers backed by tanks and armored personnel carriers fought their way into the heart of the city, killing hundreds of unarmed protesters and onlookers. The government has never issued a complete, formal accounting of the crackdown or the number of casualties. (Source: AP)
A man places flowers at the "Pillar of Shame" statue, which commemorates the June 4, 1989 military crackdown on a pro-democracy student movement, in the University of Hong Kong. (Source: AP)
Before: A lone Chinese man standing to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing's Changan Blvd. near Tiananmen Square
After: A convoy of cars drive across Beijing's Changan Blvd. near Tiananmen Square. (Source: AP)
Before: Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) troops standing guard with tanks in front of Tiananmen Gate
After: Chinese paramilitary policemen marching through to clear tourists from the area for a flag-lowering ceremony on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. (Source: AP)
Before: Cyclists passing by slogans which read "Mobilize all citizens to crush martial law, protect Beijing," under a bridge where tanks are positioned on Changan Blvd., a road leading to Tiananmen Square.
Now: A jeep full of armed Chinese paramilitary policemen patrol under the same bridge in Beijing. (Source: AP)
Heavy security blanketed central Beijing on Wednesday's 25th anniversary of the bloody suppression of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, pre-empting any attempts to publicly commemorate one of the darkest chapters in recent Chinese history. (Source: AP)