Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Tiananmen Square - 1989 revisited - part 13

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

When the case is put to Deng Xiaoping, he decides against Zhao's recommendations and proposes instituting martial law to end the hunger strike. "The aim … will be to suppress the turmoil once and for all and to return things quickly to normal," he is reported to have said. "This is the unshirkable duty of the Party and the government." Zhao expresses his problems with this position but concedes: "I will submit to Party discipline; the minority does yield to the majority."

Tim White

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