1989 Tiananmen Square protests
A Squad of Soldiers in camouflaged uniform charged up the monument and shot out the students' loudspeaker
Tian'anmen Square, Beijing, China
The soldiers initially stopped about 10 meters from the students. Feng Congde took to the loudspeaker and explained that there was no time left to hold a meeting. Instead, a voice vote would decide the collective action of the group. Although the vote's results were inconclusive, Feng said the "gos" had prevailed. Within a few minutes, at about 4:35 am, a squad of soldiers in camouflaged uniform charged up the Monument and shot out the students' loudspeaker. Other troops beat and kicked dozens of students at the Monument, seizing and smashing their cameras and recording equipment. An officer with a loudspeaker called out "you better leave or this won't end well."