Beijing Spring, 1989: Confrontation and Conflict: the Basic Documents

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2. As quickly as possible, urge the government and the student representatives to hold a public and fair dialogue. The lives of the hunger-striking students in Tiananmen Square are in danger and we hope you will be able to persuade the government leadership to go among the students and accept their reasonable demands to attain genuine stability and unity.
3. Immediately take part in rescuing the students who are going without food and water. We ask you to immediately order the major PLA hospitals in Beijing to send medical personnel to Tiananmen Square to take part in rescue work and to display revolutionary humanitarianism and the spirit of healing the sick and succoring the dying, to ensure the safety of the students' lives.
4. Beginning with the armed forces, actively promote all reforms in the units, cut military spending, streamline the organs and the units, and reform the armed forces setup. The armed forces leaders at all levels should take the lead in giving up their imported cars, share weal and woe with the masses, and spend on education the money thus saved, to accomplish the invigoration of the economy and culture of the whole nation.

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Fourteen Beijing Press Units Send Open Letter to CPC Central Committee and State Council

Source: Zhongguo Tongxun She (China news organization) (Hong Kong) ( May 18, 1989); FBIS, May 18, p. 70.

At 10:00 yesterday evening, thousands of journalists from 14 Beijing press units issued an open letter to the CPC Central Committee and the State Council on the student demonstration.

The text of the open letter is as follows:

"The students are in imminent danger! The situation is critical! The country is in a desperate situation! We sincerely hope that the responsible comrades of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council will take the overall situation and interests of the state into account, go with the tide of popular feeling, and make efforts to prevent the situation from turning for the worse. We hope that General Secretary Zhao Ziyang and Premier Li Peng will go to see the hunger-striking

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