The Day Fascism Showed It's True Face
Protesters, mostly students, had occupied Tiananmen Square in then Peking for weeks and weren't going to leave until China accepted democratic reforms. There were other protests elsewhere but most of the attention was on them. Eighteen years ago on June 4 the hard line authoritarians sent the PRC army to massacre and drive out the protesters. Nobody really knows how many people were killed and wounded.
The military situation got to a critical stage in the first few days of June. They had to send in units from distant provinces because local ones were too sympathetic towards the protesters. The soldiers fired indisciminately and innocent bystanders were hit as well. Tanks crushed masses of people. There were skirmishes all night but by the following morning the square was cleared.