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What was the reason for the Tiananmen Square movement?I have an exam tomorrow so I need...

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halee | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 21, 2010 at 3:41 PM via web

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What was the reason for the Tiananmen Square movement?

I have an exam tomorrow so I need an answer quick. We’re doing an essay on movements and my teacher gave back my report (the one I need to study from) and told me that there is much that I need to include.

I’d rather a straight-forward answer for the question…not too long and not too short…please help me, I’m literally dying here!!!

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 21, 2010 at 7:02 PM (Answer #1)

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There was no specific or isolated event that helped to galvanize the protesters at Tianamen Square in 1989.  The death of reforming activist Hu Yaobang was one reason why there were so many people converging on Tianamen Square.  Thousands sought a place to mourn his passing.  The time period was also significant.  Communist governments all over the European continent were passing into oblivion.  The feel of a world order where Communism was absent started to infiltrate the crowd who sought a Chinese setting where reforms were evident.  Many of the protesters were college students and intellectuals who wanted to bring this feeling into articulated reality.  While there was no specific and unified cause, most of the protesters there voiced calls for democratic reform and spoke out against the authoritarian nature of Chinese government.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted November 21, 2010 at 7:32 PM (Answer #2)

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There is nothing like a Tiananmen Square Movement, though the name of Tiananmen Square, which is located in Beijing, is closely associated with a political movement in China against the repression by its communist government. is very closely associated with

In mid 1980's, many Chinese university students opposing the practices of the government began demanding greater freedom of speech and in the choice of government officials.  Students held demonstrations in a number of cities to promote their demands.

In 1989, when Hu Yaobang, a Chinese Leader considered to be sympathetic to the student movement, died students assembled at Tiananmen to mourn his death and demonstrate for more democracy.  The Government labeled this act and movement by the students and their demonstrations as counter-revolutionary, deployed army to put down the demonstration. In Massacre that followed, hundreds of protesters were killed. This incident became famous for the brutality of the Chinese Government towards political opposition.

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