Students staged a hunger strike in Tiananmen Square in opposition to government corruption and limitations placed on the press. On the evening of June 3, 1989, armored personnel carriers (APCs) and armed troops with fixed bayonets approached Tiananmen Square from various positions. BBC reporter Kate Adie spoke of "indiscriminate fire" within the square.
It’s unclear how many students were killed. The Chinese government said 241 people were killed on the approach to the square. Others have estimated ten times that. No information is published on the incident in China. For example, it is one of the topics Google agreed to censor for their mainland China site.