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Tiananmen Square 25 years on

The ruling party prohibits public discussion and 1989 is banned from textbooks and Chinese websites

Image: Alexander F. Yuan via Press Association

IT WAS 25 years ago today that Chinese troops killed thousands of pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square.

Beijing put extra police on the streets today and detained government critics as part of a security crackdown for the 25th anniversary.

Tens of thousands of people came out to mark the anniversary.

Student demonstrators waved pro-Taiwan independence flags at Liberty Square in Taipei, Taiwan.

Taiwan Tiananmen Anniversary Source: AP/Press Association Images

Heavy security blanketed central Beijing pre-empting any attempts to publicly commemorate one of the darkest chapters in recent Chinese history.

Paramilitary policemen marched on Tiananmen Square after a flag-lowering ceremony on Tiananmen Square.

China Tiananmen Anniversary Source: Alexander F. Yuan

A paramilitary policeman in plain clothes with an umbrella, center, looks back as his uniformed comrade while he holds his position during a flag-lowering ceremony on Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

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China Tiananmen Anniversary Source: Alexander F. Yuan

Even now a quarter of a century after the Communist Party’’s attack on demonstrations, the ruling party prohibits public discussion and 1989 is banned from textbooks and Chinese websites.

These photo’s show Beijing then and now, 25 years on:

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  • China Tiananmen Then and Now

    Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Source: AP/Press Association Images

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