Tiananmen Square In Pictures: Now And 25 Years Ago

Tyler Durden's picture

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Here is a photo album comparison of the changes in China between then and now.

The Tank Man

A solitary man faced off with a line of government tanks in June 1989 on Changan Boulevard, outside Tiananmen Square. A photograph taken that day captured the essence of the upheaval for the world. These days, cars and pedestrians populate the busy intersection.


In The Square

In May 1989, Tiananmen Square was covered with a protester encampment. Today, digital signs display the words "Prosperity, Democracy, Civilization, Harmony, Justice, Rule of Law, Patriotism, Professional Dedication, Integrity, Friendliness," and tourists snap photos on smartphones.


Forbidden City

After crushing the student protests at Tiananmen Square, troops with the People's Liberation Army stood guard at the entrance to the Forbidden City. Today, paramilitary police raise and lower the flag at the square each morning and night.


Great Hall Of The People

In April 1989, students staging a sit-in outside Beijing's Great Hall of the People listened as a protest leader read a list of demands. In late May 2014, soldiers with the People's Liberation Army were preparing for a visit by the Malaysian prime minister, in a visible display of government might.

Source: WSJ

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zaphod's picture

Those that went along with the system are rich oligarchs today, those that resisted are not with us. 

StacksOnStacks's picture

Fucking heroes!!! (the ones not with us that is)

I Am Not a Copper Top's picture

Let's see...Rich Oligarch or Dead Hero.  I'll take what's behind curtain number 1.

TheReplacement's picture

Then you are part of the problem.  Take that for whatever helps you sleep the rest of the nights you have left.

tmosley's picture

Interestingly, it is also the 10 year anniversary of the Killdozer.

svayambhu108's picture

There is no fascism, nazism there is workaholism and this is what is dangerous, work don't think, they say work makes you free, but only knowledge makes you free,  this is the peak of their mastery, high technology drones and human drones.

Four chan's picture

a society of successful slaves are still slaves.

COSMOS's picture

From a Nationalistic standpoint we can say that had the Tianemen rallies been successful it would of been hard for the Chinese to hold on to Tibet and the Western Regions, they would of walked away like the Soviet republics did as China would of fractured into several pieces. These pieces would of been easily exploited by the West as we have seen with the Eastern European countries.

I truly believe that China would of been a shell of the power it is now and a lot smaller.

The work of the Mongols lives on in China (three united kingdoms) just as it does in Russia (a country extending from the shores of the Black Sea to the shores of the Pacific)

Ghengis would be proud.  His grandsons, Kublai Khan would approve as would Batu Khan and Berke Khan.

tonyw's picture

the rallies were close to being successful, many people were in that square with floats going along.

The government managed to find a section of the military that would shoot their own people and so hundreds (or possibly thousands) died.


Boris Alatovkrap's picture

1989, Boris is in North China, Chang Chun, is witness aftermath of Tiananmen as rumor of war is for spreading. How is party to make soldier fire on student? Dung Xiaopenis is use non-Chinese speak troop from Manchuguo, give instruction to shoot "dissident".

novictim's picture

Wow, real 19th century perspective!

Yes, Cosmo.  The Oligarchs must rule.  We must obey.  

March on little soldier of Princess Putin.  Protect the lands and fire on the civilians and you will get a medal from your man-crush!

novictim's picture

Wow, real 19th century perspective!

Yes, Cosmo.  The Oligarchs must rule.  We must obey.  

March on little soldier of Princess Putin.  Protect the lands and fire on the civilians and you will get a medal from your man-crush!

Urban Redneck's picture

His name was Marvin Heemeyer.

Reptil's picture

hmm those that fell shaped reality just as the ones that survived.

alexcojones's picture

   "Those that went along with the system are rich oligarchs today, those that resisted are not with us."

   Same as in every country throughout human history, Zap.

novictim's picture

Not quite.  The Rich did get richer, of course!  

But the commoners knew they were screwed and some went and protested and died.  The ones who stayed safe are still screwed.

The average Chinese is already suffering the fate of the world economy and rabid capitalism.  Birth defects and the waste of an industry without regulation is destroying them.  

Even the slave factory jobs are going to Vietnam and Bangladesh and African lands.  The race to the bottom is a global phenomena.

China is a hell on earth.


discopimp's picture

Good to see they system is stil working, comrade.  

Ignatius's picture

I'm more concerned about freedom, liberty and the rule of law here in the US.

I saw an ad flash by here on ZH from an NGO Human Rights Watch about China and thought "Why don't you worthless fucks spend some time with our problems?"

ObamaDepression's picture

A good point. 25 years on I'm also shocked by where the US is now compared to 1989.

zaphod's picture

Tyranny is only one generation away - Ronald Reagan (who BTW started the system we have today along multiple aspects from the military industrial complex to amnesty round 1)

BorisTheBlade's picture

Duh, their agenda is (geo)political, not humanitarian.

Reptil's picture

basically anti-human, mostly.

youngman's picture

I think the average Yuan on the street in China is a lot better off now than back then...

Spitzer's picture

China is more capitalist then the US.

Ignatius's picture

...and air so thick you can eat it.


Billy O'Naire's picture

A Singapore politician once said if you want to enjoy a smoke in Beijing, just open a window.

TheReplacement's picture

China has a CB and state owned companies and industries.  How exactly is that more capitalist than the US?  Honestly it sounds the same.


angel_of_joy's picture

US has all major companies asking for gov money (in the form of direct subsidies, tax cuts, or preferential contractual treatment). Same as China.

US has a Central Bank (FED) of its own which lately decided it is its business to "fine tune" the economy and support its banking system by offering free money. Same as China (Central Planning Committee).

US has a system of centralising and reporting statistical data which has become a mouth piece for gov propaganda. Same as China.

China has a much better educational system, with real competition (through admission exams, unlike US) for entrance in its most prestigious schools (which still have some seats available for FREE).

China has a real competition within its private sector, where companies actually run out of money and DO go bankrupt (unlike US).

Finally, China has a manufacturing sector able to produce pretty much everything. And next time you think the quality of their products is crap, take a closer look at your HD LED TV set, your laptop, or your cellphone "marvel"...


WVHillbilly's picture

That army chick in the last pic looks kinda hot.....

saints51's picture

That China chick would judo-chop your hillbilly ass.

jokes aside....I agree hehe

Ignatius's picture

If she only knew how much money she could make here performing that boot-stomping discipline act on the balls of our corporate lobbyists and CEOs.

angel_of_joy's picture

She might ask for payment in gold... as in real metal !

They might not afford her...

ParkAveFlasher's picture

I wonder how many were killed in that night of atrocity, and if the tanks simply ran them over in the darkness of their tents.

TheReplacement's picture

Estimates run around 2,000 and yes, many were just grease stains on the pavement. 

edotabin's picture

This post reminds me of something about banks being more dangerous than standing armies.

maskone909's picture

digging the silver AK47

ptoemmes's picture

Give anyone an idea for Zuccotti Park?

And, just in case, no belittlement intended for either event.

TNTARG's picture

Just to put things in perspective...


And, to be fair,

Argentina 1989, memories & thougths reported in 2008.


Bryan's picture

The Waco Massacre was 'necessary' to uphold the power of the Federal Government.  The Branch Davidians would not negotiate, and the ATF and FBI had laws to enforce.  Thus, death was the verdict and was carried out.

kchrisc's picture

It is worse than you imply, as Waco was initiated by the treasonous DC US criminals for PR purposes. The ATF needed a "high-profile" case to use at their upcoming budgetary hearings and so was spawned the treason that is Waco-1993.

Treason and murder as PR. Think about that for a few seconds. "Treason and murder as PR."


"My guillotine says that cameras will be welcome at all of its proceedings."

ozman's picture

I do not see the people backed by the US in the 1989 protest (a colored revolution at its earnest orchestrated by Gene Church) as heroes but as naive pawns used by the great powers in order to attempt the destruction of a nation.

As Pepe Escobar stated once, a bad government is better than no government at all.  If 1989 succeeded, China today will be more like Iraq and the Baltics where more people in poverty, 9 warring nations with multiple US bases around.  The US will continue its century with the FRN fiat still running supreme despite all the fraud as the destruction of a competiting power only empowers the current Central Bank franchise model.

Whether you like it or not, China today has lifted alot of its population out of poverty, people have more freedom than before (I am reading Zerohedge in China and typing this at the moment), but most importantly it provided security and protection for its citizens never ever to fall to its death throes at it did in the 1800s to 1900s.  

China on top of that is a member of the BRICS which is the alternative system that is killing the Vampire squid as we know it.  

As people criticizing China, I can tell you by crushing the revolt, the country saved more lives in the long term as they remember very well its history when the nation was carved into pieces.  The UK alone killed over 40 Million Chinese during the Xin Quan Xien revolution, that does not even include the deaths in two opium wars, boxer rebellion etc.

As for preaching exceptionalism, the US currently is assisting Ukraine killing its own citizens.  So lets call the kettle black.  Of course who can forget Waco and Zuccotti Park?  Oh yeah after 4 dead in Ohio remember?


As for some history of colored revolution attempts against in China check some references such as this blog.



A story about Tiananmen was once published by an intrepid french journalist, which I should share once I can find the article where US trail was completely strewn in Tiananmen Square.  As for the leaders, one of them was Liu Xiabo who won the Nobel and have pissed off most of Chinese citizens during his interviews in HK where he claimed that China should be colonized for 300 years as if to ignore what happened to China during the 1800s-1949.  After all during his acceptance speech he denied being a Chinese, he claimed he is from Xian (a province to seceed as a country) a former part of Japan.  If you do the same thing in the US and incite revolt you would be locked up for treason and being a domestic terrorist.  Well in exceptional view after all there are rules for the US and its allies and the rest of the world.  2-tier system, is what is the main friction that may indeed create situation that would endanger all of humanity.




sethstorm's picture

How much did you get paid by the Chinese government to spout that party line, 50 Mao?

ozman's picture

Since you cannot dispute the facts, so retort to name calling eh.  This is like a 911 truther speaks out and the response was conspiracy theorist instead of disputing the facts.  This is a tin man argument.  You have lost.