The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 were a series of demonstrations in and near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. The demonstrations were sparked by the death of a pro-democracy and anti-corruption official Hu Yaobang.This photo shows the PLA's (People's Liberation Army) advancing tanks being halted by an unknown man near Tiananmen Square. Photographer: Jeff Widener
A student displays a banner with one of the slogans chanted by the crowd of some 200,000 pouring into Tiananmen Square, on April 22, 1989 in Beijing. They were attempting to participate in the funeral ceremony of former Chinese Communist Party leader and liberal reformer Hu Yaobang, during an unauthorized demonstration to mourn his death. His death in April triggered an unprecedented wave of pro-democracy demonstrations. (Catherine Henriette/
Ousted General Secretary of the Communist Party, Hu Yaobang, dies at age 73 on April 15, 1989. The next day, thousands of students gather at Tiananmen Square to mourn him -- Hu had become a symbol of reform for the student movement. A week later thousands more marched to Tiananmen Square -- the start of an occupation that would end in a tragic showdown.