04 June 2014 14:15 | By Andy Young
Tiananmen Square protests - 25 years on

Twenty-five years since reform protests began



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On 15 April, 1989 former general secretary of China's Communist Party, Hu Yaobang, a man viewed as a liberal reformer, died. In mourning his death students and intellectuals took to the streets of Beijing and started demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. The protests lasted for seven weeks before being brutally crushed by the Chinese government.

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