soldiers-of-war: CHINA. Beijing. June 3, 1989. In the afternoon…



soldiers-of-war:

CHINA. Beijing. June 3, 1989. In the afternoon before the massacre, as thousands of Chinese troops rolled into the heart of Beijing, the mother of one of the students begs a young soldier to put down his arms. “So many of these soldiers were peers of the students, trucked in from the provinces,” says Turnley. “The mother was saying, ‘These are your dreams as well, turn back.’ I think the soldiers had no idea what they were mixed up in and were in shock.”

Photograph: David Turnley/Corbis

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