Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Tiananmen Square - 1989 revisited - part 19

The 19th part in a PBS piece published in 2001 by Andrew J. Nathan and Perry Link:

June 2

The Party elders approve the decision to put down the "counterrevolutionary riot" and clear the square with military force. Most hope it can be done without casualties. Unaware of what was about to happen, Hou Dejian, a Chinese rock star, and three prominent intellectuals start a hunger strike in Tiananmen Square. Demonstrators continue their sit-in and their calls for democratic reforms.

Tim White

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