Thursday, June 04, 2009

Tiananmen Square - 1989 revisited - part 15

The 15th part in a PBS piece published in 2001 by Andrew J. Nathan and Perry Link:

May 19

Student leaders learn of the plan to declare martial law and call off their hunger strike. Instead, they stage a mass sit-in in Tiananmen Square that draws about 1.2 million supporters, including members of the police and military and industrial workers. Zhao Ziyang appears in Tiananmen Square in a final, unsuccessful effort to appeal for compromise. It is his last public appearance. He is soon removed from office and replaced by Jiang Zemin.

That evening, Li Peng appears on state television to declare martial law. "We must adopt firm and resolute measures to end the turmoil swiftly, to maintain the leadership of the party as well as the socialist system." (Read a
translation of his speech.)

June 5

Tim White

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