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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An extensive open area in central Beijing, China, the world's largest public square. Adjacent to the Forbidden City, it has long been the site of festivals, rallies, and demonstrations. In 1989 Chinese troops fired on student demonstrators, killing an estimated 2,000 or more.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A large plaza in Beijing, China.
  • proper n. A protest event held in the square on June 4, 1989.


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  • Tiananmen Square is Chinese for Kent State University.

    Documenting Reality

  • I had never heard the name Tiananmen Square, and neither had most of the world The square is huge.

    Last Chance to See

  • Much later, he defended China's military after it launched the June 1989 military operation against unarmed protesters in Beijing's main square, an action that became known as the Tiananmen Square massacre.

    The Washington Times stories: Latest Headlines

  • The mainstream media has barely uttered the phrase Tiananmen Square since.


  • Recalling Tiananmen Square To Mr. Xiang, "it was just like" the Tiananmen Square protest.

    Chinese Dissidents Take On

  • Rumours have been circulating that the army will take a much tougher line with protesters today - what some are calling the Tiananmen Square option.

    The Guardian World News

  • "If our ruling party lacks vigilance about its problems in renewing its legitimacy, it could be more serious than June 4," said Zhang, referring to the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Broadcasters must apply for "relevant authorization" to film at "cultural relic" sites, such as Tiananmen Square, she said.

    Beijing Continues Search for Balance on Olympic Beam

  • Coming to you now from Tiananmen Square which is the most political place can you find.

    CNN Transcript Jul 25, 2007

  • Google in particular has been criticized for complying with demands from the Chinese government to filter Internet searches and eliminate results for topics such as Tiananmen Square or democracy.



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