An expert on China is tweeted an absolutely gripping, minute-by-minute account of the bloody Tiananmen Square protests that erupted 25 years ago in the heart of Beijing.
The pro-democracy protests, led mostly by unarmed students, lasted weeks but came to a head on June 3 and June 4 of 1989. On June 4, Chinese troops fired at civilians, killing more than 1,000, according to some estimates. Many others were injured, arrested, or even executed for taking part in the demonstrations.
Now that it’s June 4 in China, international affairs expert and professor Patrick Chovanec has”live-tweeted” the events of 25 years ago. Here are some of his recent tweets. Visit his Twitter feed to see the entire minute-by-minute account.
June 4, 1989, 4:30am - There is fierce controversy over whether any students were in tents when APCs ran them over pic.twitter.com/PNyVUYafEB
— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) June 3, 2014