Twenty years ago today the Tiananmen Square protestscame to and end. Chinese government tanks cleared Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. In Beijing, the resulting military response to the protesters by the PRC government left many civilians dead or severely injured. The number of deaths is not known and many different estimates exist. Â There were early reports of Chinese Red Cross sources giving a figure of 2,600 deaths, but the Chinese Red Cross has denied ever doing so. Â The official Chinese government figure is 241 dead, including soldiers, and 7,000 wounded.
The Chinese Government has reportedly shut down most media coverage of the anniversary, includingÂ shutting down access to blogs.
On this day, please take a moment to remember the brave Chinese citizens who stood up to tyranny, and were gunned down for their trouble.