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In the year of 1989, China decreed that any political adversary would be treated as an enemy, and that even lethal force may be used on them.
In April of 1989 students starting a march protest in Tiananmen Square in Beijing because they wanted more democracy in their country. The march continued until the first week of June, when the military of China came to Beijing and killed hundreds of people who were in the movement.
Most of the protesters went on a hunger strike during the time they were in Tiananmen Square, hoping to be noticed.
On May 20, China declared martial law and mobilized almost 300,000 troops in Beijing. Fifteen trucks filled with soldiers were in Beijing.
The Chinese troops shot at the students and others in the protest, killing many of them.
(While I was at camp this past year, the theme for the year was standing for God, and the preacher showed a picture of a man in front of a column of tanks, blocking their way. That picture was taken during the Tiananmen Square protest.)
The National Museum of China contains nothing about the Tiananmen Square protest, and they refused to show anything about it on TV while it was going on, and they never ever released an official death toll.