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10 of the most iconic protests in recent history

Published: Thursday, June 5 2014 10:58 p.m. MDT

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Twenty-five years ago June 4, the Chinese government violently cleared Tiananmen Square of protestors. The protestors, many of whom were students, wanted democracy, freedom of the press, and a more transparent government, among other things.

They were met by the Chinese military who brought tanks and guns. Although there are no recorded numbers on how many protestors were killed that day, the estimate is anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand people, The Atlantic reports.

There is a limited amount of information available about the protest. The pictured figure facing down four Chinese tanks may never be identified, but he has become a symbol of the Tiananmen Square protests and the following massacre.

As the world remembers the events of Tiananmen Square, we have compiled ten more iconic protests within recent history.

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Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

Let's not forget the February 2011 protests in Madison Wisconsin that woke the nation to the erosion of worker rights. Far from the violent demonstration it was portrayed in the media, the protest was an amazing show of positive unity and support across a wide variety of trades and professions. Our family was represented there on 3 different days and many of my friends attended other days. Parents, students and community members who supported their public workers were there also. The mood inside the rotunda was electric. People sang patriotic songs. I was there when the firefighters marched inside with bagpipes and drums. I now know why armies used to fight with music as part of their display. The effect is inspiring. I took my young children and my pregnant adult daughter who wore a sign on her back as an education major at a state university. At no time were we in danger. My children learned about the power of their own voices and our 9 year-old wrote a moving letter to the governor about how her school librarian was laid off due to ACT 10.

james d. morrison
Boise, CA

Anytime I see protests, especially if they are loud, angry or use rhetoric or lame slogans, I immediately am turned against their cause.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

I hope that Morrison feels the same way about the well-funded campaign literature and ads that flood the airwaves, our mailboxes, billboards, telephones, etc. Or is that kind of free speech more legitimate because it is well funded?

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

How about adding the name of Rachel Corey to your list.

She was the young college girl from Evergreen Washington volunteering to stop the demolition of Palestine housing.

She tried the tactic of the fellow 25 years ago in Tieninin Square in China, However she was crushed and killed by a huge Tractor driving by a member of the Israeli Defense Force.

Her parents are still trying to get justice for her.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Iron Rod: I agree. Rachel Corey was killed by the IDF like a lot of Palestinians and we, the US, aren't doing anything about it.

I know that by giving MFN trading status to China that Bill Clinton opened up a lot of trade with China. But, if he'd stood more on the Democratic Party's professed principles of human rights, we might actually be dealing with a China that respects its environment, international law and intellectual property.

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