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Security clampdown on Tiananmen Square anniversary

Beijing is under a security lockdown as authorities hope to preempt any pro-democracy demonstrators planning to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the bloody protests that were smashed by the Chinese military.

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'No official account' of 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre

China allows no public discussion of the events of June 3 and 4 1989, when soldiers backed by tanks and armoured personnel carriers fought their way into the heart of the city, killing hundreds of unarmed protesters and onlookers.

A Beijing citizen stands in front of tanks on the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Credit: Reuters/Arthur Tsang

The government has never issued a complete, formal accounting of the crackdown or the number of casualties.

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