Wednesday is the 25th anniversary of the June 4, 1989, crackdown on pro-democracy protests that resulted in the deaths of hundreds.
Posted on June 3, 2014, at 2:04 p.m. ET
Then: A man stands to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing's Changan Boulevard, near Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989.
Now: A photo of the same spot taken on May 27, 2014.
Then: People's Liberation Army troops standing guard with tanks in front of Tiananmen Gate on June 10, 1989.
Now: Chinese paramilitary policemen marching through the area before a flag-lowering ceremony on May 28, 2014.
Then: Cyclists pass by graffiti reading, "Mobilize all citizens to crush martial law, protect Beijing," under a bridge where tanks are positioned on Changan Boulevard, a road leading to Tiananmen Square on June 6, 1989.
Now: A jeep full of armed Chinese paramilitary policemen patrol under the same bridge in Beijing on May 29, 2014.
Then: On June 13, 1989, people cycle past armored vehicles parked in front of Tiananmen Gate near the square.
Now: A security guard watches over an empty bicycle lane on May 24, 2014.
Then: A Chinese student leader reads a list of demands at a sit-in in front of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 18, 1989.
Now: Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers marching before an honor guard performance on May 29, 2014.
Then: Medics rush a Beijing University student from Tiananmen Square after he collapsed on the third day of a hunger strike on May 16, 1989.
Now: High school students, members of Young Pioneers, a youth group under the Chinese Communist Party, following a ceremony on June 4, 1989.
Then: Students rest in litter on Tiananmen Square during their strike for government reform on May 28, 1989.
Now: Chinese tourists use their smartphones and digital cameras to take souvenir photos as slogans are shown on electric screens on Tiananmen Square on May 31, 2014.
Then: A sanitation worker cleans Tiananmen Square during the occupation by students on May 26, 1989.
Now: A cleaner wearing a red armband, who is part of the civilian security informers, watches tourists on her electric tricycle on May 22, 2014.
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