Part one: History
On June 4th, 1989, Chinese troops and police stormed through Tiananmen Square and rapidly fired at thousands of people, mostly students, who had been participating in a peaceful protest against their government for a greater democracy for several months. Many of the protesters were killed while thousands more were arrested.
One thing that struck me as very important to remember about this event was that these protesters were students, young adults. These people had long lives ahead of them, but instead they were gunned down for protesting peacefully. They reacted in a completely uncivil way when there were many other alternative ways to deal with the situation. The savage acts of the Chinese government on this day should never be forgotten.
Part two: Images
This image of students carrying their wounded classmate to a hospital for emergency treatment was the most powerful in my opinion because you can see the distress and worry in their faces, while the wounded boy looks as if he's barely holding on. This picture shows the effects that the event had on real people and shows that it's not just a piece of history. I can't imagine what it must have been like to be in the position of the wounded boy or the other students, it must have been a very traumatizing time.
I really love this image of the student protest in Hong Kong because it puts the vast majorities of protesters into perspective and shows the community coming together under a common belief. I also really like the fact that it's at night and shows how determined these people are to stand up for their rights and to willingly protest the government, regardless of the conditions.