Game Changers: 10 Historic Political Protests Worldwide

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  • 1956 March of Women (South Africa)
  • Soweto Uprising (South Africa)
  • Tiananmen Square Protests (China)
  • Berlin Wall Protests (Germany)
  • Iraq War Protests (Worldwide)
  • The Orange Revolution (Ukraine)
  • The Storming of the Bastille (France)
  • Arab Spring (Middle East & North Africa)
  • The Peace Moratorium (U.S.)
  • French Trucker Roadblocks (France)
  • The Occupy Movement (Worldwide)
  • Power in Numbers
  • Gandhi's Salt March (India)
  • South Africa's National Day of Protest (South Africa)

Tiananmen Square Protests (China)

In the spring of 1989, students and residents of Beijing led seven-week-long demonstrations while peacefully occupying the city’s Tiananmen Square to attain democratic reform. Several opposing government officials instructed the military to crack down on June 3, launching a two-day massacre that received international condemnation. Officials concealed the event’s happenings, but death toll estimates span several hundred to the thousands.

(Photo: REUTERS/Arthur Tsang/Landov)

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