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Following the sudden death of a beloved political reformer, Hu Yaobang, 200,000 students gathered at Tiananmen Square on April 22, 1989, to await the hearse carrying Hu’s body—but it never arrived. The mass of students were angered, and their burning desire for freedom could be contained no more.
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BEIJING, CHINA – MAY 25: Waving banners, high school students march in Beijing streets near Tiananmen Square 25 May 1989 during a rally to support the pro-democracy protest against the Chinese regime. (©Getty Images | CATHERINE HENRIETTE)

For the next few weeks, Tiananmen Square was occupied by these student protesters, who aimed at making a reality their dream of ridding the country of communist tyranny and bringing democratic reform to China. Their non-violent demonstration perhaps brought a glimmer of hope … until the army moved in.

April 22, 1989: Several hundred of 200,000 pro-democracy student protesters face to face with policemen outside the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square in Beijing as they take part in the funeral ceremony of former Chinese Communist Party leader and liberal reformer Hu Yaobang. (©Getty Images | CATHERINE HENRIETTE)

Although martial law was declared on May 20, what caused the army to suddenly go on a killing rampage on June 4?

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1. At least 10,454 people were mass-murdered by the Chinese regime on Tiananmen Square, according to an unnamed source from the Chinese State Council. A figure far greater than the “official” fatality count of 200

On June 4, 1989, students were gunned down in droves and “mown down” by tanks. “APCs then ran over bodies time and time again to make ‘pie’ and remains collected by a bulldozer. Remains incinerated and then hosed down drains,” reads part of a declassified statement, which was obtained by Alan Donald, Britain’s ambassador to China in 1989.

BEIJING, CHINA – 1989/06/04: At the end of the pro-democracy movement in China, a group of Chinese Army tanks block an overpass on Changan Avenue leading to Tiananmen Square, where the Communist regime carried out its final brutal nighttime crackdown on protestors just a few hours earlier. (©Getty Images | Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket)

It’s still unconfirmed how many more were massacred during and after the students’ unarmed protest.

2. The ringleader who instigated the massacre is still alive

In addition to rolling over the students with tanks, the army fired high-explosive shells that expand on impact, also known as dum dum bullets, (forbidden by the Geneva Convention) to kill the students in the most harm-inflicting way possible.

 The question remains, what kind of a human being would order such a brutal mass murder of freedom-seeking civilians?
Former dictator Jiang Zemin (©Getty Images | Feng Li)

Former dictator Deng Xiaoping was impressed with Jiang Zemin’s iron-fisted proposition to use the army to crack down on the students, and promoted him from Party chief of Shanghai to General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party days before the massacre, giving him free reign to do as he liked.

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Jiang Zemin, the mastermind behind the massacre, ordered the army to carry out his bloody strategy on June 4. The “gate of heavenly peace” was suddenly turned into hell on Earth.

This photo dated June 4, 1989, shows two injured people being transported during the clash between the army and students near Tiananmen Square. (©Getty Images | MANUEL CENETA/AFP)

3. The Tiananmen Square Massacre was just the start of Jiang’s ruthless abuse of power. He went on to commit the most heinous crimes that couldn’t bear the light of day

 In the bloody wake of the massacre, Jiang becomes Deng’s ideal heir for the next Party Chief, a position Jiang secured in 1993.
BEIJING, CHINA, 1989, massacre victims piled atop each other (©Getty Images | Dario Mitidieri)

The Marxist hardliner and ex-senior spy for the KGB’s Far-East Bureau had only begun to show his true colors with how he dealt with the protesting students and went on to orchestrate even bloodier campaigns.

In 1999, a jealous Jiang sought to “eradicate” Falun Gong—a popular non-religious form of meditation—all because its practitioners numbered some 100 million, outnumbering the then 70 million Party members, according to state-run reports at the time.

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Under Jiang’s rule, an adroit misinformation campaign inundated China, turning public opinion against Falun Gong by subjecting the spiritual practice to extreme vilification—including the infamous Tiananmen Square “self-immolation” hoax, which successfully deceived the nation—paving the way for Jiang’s next phase: to forcibly “transform” or “eliminate” the meditators who refused to give up the practice.

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In response to Jiang’s genocidal policy, believed to have caused a widespread, yet the unascertainable amount of state-approved killings, including forced organ harvesting, 209,000 lawsuits have since been filed against Jiang, making him the most sued dictator in history.

Falun Gong practitioners at a rally in front of the Chinese embassy in New York City on July 3, 2015, to support the global effort to sue Jiang Zemin. (©The Epoch Times | Larry Dye)

4. Horrifying accounts of what happened on Tiananmen Square were kept secret

A Blacklock’s reporter obtained secret telex messages concerning horrifying accounts of what really happened on Tiananmen Square that day via access-to-information laws.

“An old woman knelt in front of soldiers pleading for students; soldiers killed her,” the Canadian embassy in Beijing reported at the time.

BEIJING, CHINA – (©Getty Images | Manuel Ceneta/AFP/)

“A boy was seen trying to escape holding a woman with a 2-year old child in a stroller, and was run over by a tank;” “The tank turned around and mashed them up.”

“Soldiers fired machine guns until the ammo ran out.” An unbelievable amount of bullets were fired on civilians at Tiananmen that “they ricocheted inside nearby houses, killing many residents.”

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“The embassy described the killings as ‘savage,’” per Blacklock’s.

“They are now entering a period of vicious repression during which denunciations and fear of persecution will terrorize the population,” reads another cable obtained.

BEIJING, CHINA – 1989/06/04: At the end of the pro-democracy movement in China, Chinese soldiers block an overpass on Changan Avenue leading to Tiananmen Square, where the Communist regime carried out its final brutal nighttime crackdown on protestors just a few hours earlier. (©Getty Images | Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket)

Diplomats added that some 1,000 executions took place following the massacre, but an exact figure is unconfirmed.

“It was probably thought that the massacre of a few hundreds or thousands would convince the population not to pursue their protests. It seems to be working,” reads a statement by a diplomat.

BEIJING, CHINA – 1989/06/04: At the end of the pro-democracy movement in China, cyclists stop to look at bicycles flattened by the Chinese army tanks that were used during the final nighttime Communist regime’s brutal crackdown. (©Getty Images | Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket)

The secret British cable, obtained by news website HK01, reveals more detail about the crimes of the 27 Army of Shanxi Province on the day.

BEIJING, CHINA – (©Getty Images | Manuel Ceneta)

“27 Army ordered to spare no one and shot wounded SMR soldiers. Four wounded girl students begged for their lives but were bayoneted. A 3-year-old girl was injured but her mother was shot as she went to her aid as were six others who tried.”

BEIJING, CHINA – 1989/06/04: At the end of the pro-democracy movement in China, a lone cyclist walks past street barriers on Changan Avenue crushed by Chinese Army tanks during the night of violence in and around Tiananmen Square. After weeks of protesting, the Communist regime carried out its final brutal nighttime crackdown on protestors just hours before this picture was taken. (©Getty Images | Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket)

“A thousand survivors were told they could escape via Zhengyi Lu but were then mown down by specially prepared M/G (machine gun) positions.”

5. “June 4” is a highly taboo subject in China today

Despite Hong Kong lighting up every evening on June 4 in an annual candlelight vigil to commemorate the victims of the massacre, Chinese mainlanders across the border are without such freedom of speech. Talking about the Tiananmen Square Massacre, or even mentioning “June 4,” or “6.4,” could have one disappear.

HONG KONG – June 04: Thousands of people crowd Victoria Park to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square protests with a candlelight vigil on June 4, 2014, in Hong Kong. (©Getty Images | Jessica Hromas)

In 2007, Zhang Zhongshun, a lecturer from Yantai University, showed his class a video of the massacre he obtained from an overseas website. He was subsequently jailed for three years.

A Beijing demonstrator blocks the path of a tank convoy along the Avenue of Eternal Peace near Tiananmen Square. For weeks, people had been protesting for freedom of speech and of press from the Chinese government. (©Getty Images | Bettmann)

Who’d dare raise this for discussion in China knowing the consequences?

This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Will Xi Jinping redress the issue and bring Jiang Zemin to justice for his litany of crimes? Only time will tell.

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