The Use Of Military Force On Its Own People Essay

2073 Words Dec 7th, 2016 9 Pages
A country’s decision to use force on its own people is always a difficult one. A country that has gone through many changes and still trying to find its way has to balance many factors when attempting to determine how to respond to a demonstration of it’s citizens. The use of military force to clear protesters from China’s historically and politically significant Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989 was the result of a tumultuous debate about the direction China must follow in the post-Mao era among its’ political leaders who felt their hand was forced to ensure the progress and stability of China’s future by a student movement that voiced serious concerns over the speed and legitimacy of proposed reforms. The demonstrations in Tiananmen Square in 1989 were definitely not the first. Tiananmen Square had played a crucial role in Chinese politics for centuries. The May Fourth Movement in 1919, the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, and more recently the Tiananmen Square protests of 1976 and 1989, have all brought numerous Chinese citizens to the Square for a variety of political reasons. Ironically it was the protests that took place after the death of Premier Zhou Enlai in 1976 that allowed Deng Xiaoping, who would eventually decide to use force against protesters in 1989, to consolidate power and move forward in the post-Mao era. Deng was able to promote other reform minded leaders in Zhao Ziyang and Hu Yaobang. However when the 1986 democratic student…

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