How The 1989 Tiananmen Square Events Were Generally Perceived By Western Democracies and the Chinese government
Analyse how the 1989 Tiananmen Square events were generally perceived by Western Democracies and the Chinese government.
The Tiananmen Square Massacre is widely remembered by the western world for the student’s protests that were held in June 1989. These protests led to the Chinese government sending troops in response, causing mayhem in the process. However, the fact remains that the ultimate massacre was more chaotic and interrelated in nature especially in the political perspective. Apparently, the protests began in April 1989 after the death of general hu yaobang, a former communist party secretary.
Events on the massacre reflect back to 1980 when leaders in china’s communist party became aware of the classical Maoism failure. Initially, the country had experienced the turmoil of Cultural Revolution that had been characterized by immense aspects of torture, humiliation and murder to thousands of people (Simmie & Nixon, 1990). A lot of cultural heirlooms were lost in the destruction with reference to traditional Chinese religion and arts. This raised unending controversies in the nation that prompted new changes in action to the same, for the government to remain in power. This led to disagreements within the communist party leaders as lines conflicted with their differing drastic reforms. This was in the perspective of attaining greater personal freedoms for the people, along with moves oriented towards capitalistic economic policies. This was demonstrated by the administration in competition to them that favored careful tinkering with reference to controls on the population.
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