AP WAS THERE: Troops storm Tiananmen Square

June 3, 2014 4:00 PM

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BEIJING — EDITOR’S NOTE — On June 4, 1989, AP reporter John Pomfret was in central Beijing when Chinese soldiers attacked pro-democracy protesters on Tiananmen Square.

Demonstrators had occupied the square, China’s symbolic political heart, for three weeks demanding greater social freedoms and an end to corruption. The crackdown ended a period of relative political openness, led to the downfall of Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang and plunged Beijing into diploma...

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