Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tiananmen Square - 1989 revisited - part 9

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

May 5-12

Many students return to classes, and the movement is in flux and lacks clear leadership. Certain factions plan more demonstrations and a hunger strike. Meanwhile, tensions escalate within the Party as they prepare for Soviet Party Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev's historic visit to Beijing.

Deng Xiaoping wants to settle things peacefully, but insists the students must be out of the square before Gorbachev arrives. Zhao, unable to convince the students to call off the demonstrations, begins to lose favor with the senior Party members.

Tim White

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