make a specific reply to the just and reasonable demands made by the students
Source: Zhongguo Xinwen She ( China news agency) ( Beijing), May 18, 1989; FBIS,
May 18, p. 72.Twelve Standing Committee members today made an emergency appeal, calling on
the NPC Standing Committee to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the current
grave situation in China. The full text of the emergency appeal is as follows:Today, the hunger strike staged by some young students at Tiananmen Square
has entered its sixth day. So far, nearly 1,000 people have fainted because of
physical weakness. If the situation continues, the problem will become more
complicated and more serious. We are deeply worried about the grave situation
and about the health of the hunger striking students. Therefore, we have decided
to make this emergency appeal:
Twelve NPC Members' Letter of
Appeal for an Emergency Meeting
|1. ||We think that the current student activities, including hunger strikes, demonstrations, and petition, are a patriotic student movement. Out of their love for
their motherland and their enthusiastic support for the CPC, the students have put
forward such slogans as "Supporting the Constitution," "Promoting Democracy,"
"Opposing Corruption," "Punishing Official Profiteering," and so on, which conform with the stand of the party and the government and have received understanding and support from all walks of life in the society. Therefore, we appeal
to the principal leaders of the CPC and the State Council to meet the students
and hold talks with them as soon as possible and to pragmatically handle the
reasonable demands made by the students within the orbit of democracy and the
|2. ||We earnestly request the hunger-striking students to immediately end
their current hunger strike in the interests of the great cause of developing our
motherland and for their own health. Students, your parents, families, and the
broad masses of the people are concerned about you from the bottom of their
|3. ||We suggest that the NPC Standing Committee hold an emergency meeting|
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Beijing Spring, 1989:Confrontation and Conflict: the Basic Documents.
Contributors: Michel Oksenberg - Editor, Lawrence R. Sullivan - Editor, Marc Lambert - Editor, Qiao Li - Author, H. R. Lan - Translator, Jerry Dennerline - Translator.
Publisher: M. E. Sharpe.
Place of publication: Armonk, NY.
Publication year: 1990.
Page number: 287.
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