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8 Iconic Images From The Protests In Tiananmen Square, In 1989 And Now

Wednesday is the 25th anniversary of the June 4, 1989, crackdown on pro-democracy protests that resulted in the deaths of hundreds.

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Jeff Widener (top), Helene Franchineau (bottom) / Associated Press

Then: A man stands to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing's Changan Boulevard, near Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989.

Now: A photo of the same spot taken on May 27, 2014.


Sadayuki Mikami (top), Alexander F. Yuan (bottom) / Associated Press

Then: People's Liberation Army troops standing guard with tanks in front of Tiananmen Gate on June 10, 1989.

Now: Chinese paramilitary policemen marching through the area before a flag-lowering ceremony on May 28, 2014.


Vincent Yu (top), Ng Han Guan (bottom) / Associated Press

Then: Cyclists pass by graffiti reading, "Mobilize all citizens to crush martial law, protect Beijing," under a bridge where tanks are positioned on Changan Boulevard, a road leading to Tiananmen Square on June 6, 1989.

Now: A jeep full of armed Chinese paramilitary policemen patrol under the same bridge in Beijing on May 29, 2014.



Sadayuki Mikami (top), Alexander F. Yuan (bottom) / Associated Press

Then: On June 13, 1989, people cycle past armored vehicles parked in front of Tiananmen Gate near the square.

Now: A security guard watches over an empty bicycle lane on May 24, 2014.


Kathy Wilhelm (top), Alexander F. Yuan (bottom) / Associated Press

Then: A Chinese student leader reads a list of demands at a sit-in in front of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 18, 1989.

Now: Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers marching before an honor guard performance on May 29, 2014.


Sadayuki Mikami (top), Alexander F. Yuan (bottom) / Associated Press

Then: Medics rush a Beijing University student from Tiananmen Square after he collapsed on the third day of a hunger strike on May 16, 1989.

Now: High school students, members of Young Pioneers, a youth group under the Chinese Communist Party, following a ceremony on June 4, 1989.


Jeff Widener (top), Alexander F. Yuan (bottom) / Associated Press

Then: Students rest in litter on Tiananmen Square during their strike for government reform on May 28, 1989.

Now: Chinese tourists use their smartphones and digital cameras to take souvenir photos as slogans are shown on electric screens on Tiananmen Square on May 31, 2014.



Jeff Widener (top), Alexander F. Yuan (bottom) / Associated Press

Then: A sanitation worker cleans Tiananmen Square during the occupation by students on May 26, 1989.

Now: A cleaner wearing a red armband, who is part of the civilian security informers, watches tourists on her electric tricycle on May 22, 2014.

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