On June 4th, 1989 Chinese military personnel opened fire into crowds of citizens who had assembled to protest political corruption. Events leading up to this horrific massacre began several weeks prior when college students gathered at Tiananmen Square in Beijing China to mourn the death of liberal reformer Hu Yaobang. In the weeks that followed about a million people gathered in the square in support of the protest. On June 1st all forms of journalism as well as foreign journalist trying to enter the country were banned by the Chinese government. By June 5th an estimate of several hundred to thousands of people had been murdered by Chinese soldiers armed with assault rifles.