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Tiananmen Square, 30 Years On: Patrick Zachmann reflects on the hope and freedom that preceded the violence

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Patrick Zachmann Early morning. A student wrapped in a banner is still asleep. Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. May 1989. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann A drama student who came with a couple of fellow students to show their solidarity with the protestors, perfoms "the pain of the Chinese people". Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. May 1989. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Early morning. Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. May 1989. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Press conference in front of the Museum of the revolution. A representative of the Beida University strikers, Chai Ning, becomes the spokesperson. Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. May 16, 1989. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann A demonstration of support of Chinese students. Paris. June, 1989. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Students ready to spend another night on the Square. Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. May 1989. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. May 1989. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann During the night the confrontation between the government and the students is carried out with loud speakers. While the "official" loudspeakers on the square send out constant messages to the stude (...)
Patrick Zachmann An enormous demonstration takes place with over a million people supporting the Beijing students-government workers, factory workers, and journalists. Slogans demand the resignation of Deng Xiaopin (...)
Patrick Zachmann Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. Night of May 1989. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Leaflets thrown from a tree. Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. May 1989. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos