Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tiananmen Square - 1989 revisited - part 4

The third part in a PBS piece published in 2001 by Andrew J. Nathan and Perry Link:

April 25

With Zhao Ziyang on a state visit to North Korea, Li Peng calls a meeting of the Politburo, a meeting dominated by Party members antagonistic to the students. They convince Party elder Deng Xiaoping, the de facto head of state, that the students aim to overthrow him and the Communist Party. Deng decides the Party has thus far been "tolerant and restrained," but the time has come for action. "We must explain to the whole Party and nation that we are facing a most serious political struggle. … We've got to be explicit and clear in opposing this turmoil."

Tim White

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