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Tiananmen Square Diary

Ron Yates is Professor Emeritus and the former Dean of the College of Media at the University of Illinois. He was reporting from Tiananmen Square in 1989 as a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.

By Ron Yates

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(Duration: 3:51)

A young woman is caught between civilians and Chinese soldiers, who were trying to remove her from an assembly near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, June 3, 1989. Pro-democracy protesters had been occupying Tiananmen Square for weeks.

China was the world’s biggest story in the summer of 1989 when several hundred thousand students, labor leaders and other dissidents occupied the 5 million square foot concrete piazza known as Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing. 








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