The Wilson Quarterly

Terril Yue Jones was a reporter with the Associated Press during China’s 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square. You can read his memories of that time (and his reflections on the ways China has changed since) here.

Terril was kind enough to share his personal photos of the protests at Tiananmen — including many images that have never been publicly seen until now. 

Protesters fill Tiananmen Square, May 1989.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Students from around the country, some carrying rolled-up banners, arrive in Beijing’s train station to join the protests, mid-May, 1989.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Student protesters from Tianjin Textile Engineering Institute march away from the train station (seen in the background); mid-May, 1989.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Students from Tianjin Institute of Finance march in mid-May, 1989, carrying a banner that roughly translates as “Intolerable.”

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Protesters sing and play the accordion in Tiananmen Square; May 15, 1989.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Some demonstrators borrow a phrase from the American Revolution: “Liberty or Death;” May, 1989.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Beijing citizens surrounded and blockaded scores of People's Liberation Army trucks entering Beijing after martial law was declared on May 20. The raucous but peaceful crowds brought food to the soldiers and pleaded with them to leave and not harm students.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Students pledge to persevere at Tiananmen Square; May 1989

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Terril Yue Jones (center, with notepad) talks with demonstrators.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Cheerful students camping out between two buses on Tiananmen Square, across the street from the entrance to the Forbidden City.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Student leader Li Lu holds a symbolic marriage ceremony with his girlfriend Zhao Ming on the steps of the Heroes’ Monument on May 21, 1989. Other student leaders include Zhang Boli speaking to the crowd, and Chai Ling at far right.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

A view of the increasingly squalid conditions on the Square on May 25, as protests have thinned out. The tomb of Mao Zedong is in the background

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

The headpiece of the “Goddess of Democracy” before the full statue was assembled; May 29, 1989.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

The fully assembled “Goddess of Democracy” statue was erected in Tiananmen after protesters brought in the pieces, one by one; May 30, 1989.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

The ‘Goddess’ was constructed to directly face Tiananmen Square’s giant Mao image.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

The Goddess and the sun.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Tired protesters take a nap in the Square.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Curious citizens crowd around buses parked outside the Beijing Hotel to block the military from entering Tiananmen Square; June 2, 1989.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Curious Beijing citizens crowd around buses that were parked outside the Beijing Hotel to block any attempts by the Chinese military to force its way into Tiananmen Square; June 2, 1989.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Beijing residents clamber atop a public bus to get a better view of the scene as the atmosphere in the city gets extremely tense on June 2, 1989.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

A man waves a banner as soldiers begin to amass near the Great Hall of the People, on the west side of Tiananmen Square, hours before the Army launched its assault on the Square.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Thousands of young, unarmed soldiers jogged toward Tiananmen Square the night of June 2, only to be turned back by energetic crowds who poured into the streets to protect the students occupying the Square. This was a major humiliation to the government and set the stage for the Army to force its way into Tiananmen Square 24 hours later.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

After soldiers begin appearing on the east edge of Tiananmen Square the night of June 3, 1989, a youth urges calm by both Beijing citizens and the People's Liberation Army.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Beijing residents examine buses that were burned overnight after the Chinese army forced its way into Tiananmen Square; June 4, 1989.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Soldiers in trucks patrolled Beijing in the days after June 4, often firing their rifles, as this soldier is doing here, to clear the streets.

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones

Photo by Terril Yue Jones and Associated Press

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