The unarmed citizens who converged on Tiananmen Square in China did not believe that their peaceful protest of current political leadership would end in a blood bath as the military regime fired into the crowd to disburse the crowd (Schock, 2005). Even with this incident in the pages of history, people in China, Burma, and surrounding areas continue to protest their forced way of life (Schock, 2005, 119).
Students attending universities in China, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia, and surrounding areas were interested in suggesting a change from the one-party control to a democratic leadership. While the idea of a peaceful protest to gain the attention of the country’s leader seemed like the right thing to do, the individual in power did not agree and sent the military to disband the protesters at all costs (Schock, 2005). For some, this meant at the cost of their life. The leaders of the organized insurrection that were not killed were arrested and the organization faltered without its leaders. The National League for Democracy (NLD) was the name of the organization and even with one million supporters, the military regime was unstoppable (Schock, 2005, 98).
Tiananmen Square was the sight of the largest non-violent student protest and hunger strike with over a million students converging on the location to show support for the democratic desires of the people. Thousands of unarmed citizens were gunned down by the military in Tiananmen Square to end the hunger strike of the students and disburse the ever-growing crowd (Schock, 2005, 104). Protesters continued to organize and recruit like-minded individuals willing to support the cause, but the competition between the groups divided their efforts rather than binding them together (Schock, 2005, 106). Censorship and communication hinderance from the country’s leadership halted the flow of communication between protesting