ment of the martial law and adopt specific martial law measures according to
actual needs.[Signed] Li Peng Premier of the State Council May 20, 1989
Source: Beijing Domestic Service (unscheduled news report), May 21, 1989; FBIS, May
22, pp. 51-52.According to our sources, eleven students of the Chinese Science and Technology University including Zhu Zhongji and Luo Zhiqiang made a call to the
residence of Marshal Nie Rongzhen at 7:00 P.M. May 21. They asked to meet
Marshal Nie and presented a letter to him.The letter says: This afternoon, Comrade Li Peng presided over a meeting at
which a four-point decision was adopted:
Students Visit Marshals Nie Rongzhen
and Xu Xiangqian
The situation is extremely desperate. We request that Marshal Nie say something fair about this.The students implored Marshal Nie to answer them immediately.
Marshal Nie answered:
|1. ||It claims that the students are engaged in a rebellion;|
|2. ||They purport to crack down on the 200,000 college students in Tiananmen
|3. ||The major jails in the capital have been cleared out; and|
|4. ||All sanitation workers will report to duty at 5:00 A.M. tomorrow to sweep
|1. ||These four points are a groundless rumor. Students, please do not believe
|2. ||The troops are moving into Beijing to execute martial law for the sole
purpose of safeguarding social order and stability in the capital. It is hoped that
students will help the Liberation Army in carrying out this work well.|
|3. ||It is hoped that the students will leave Tiananmen Square as quickly as
possible for the sake of national prestige, order in the capital, the livelihood of|
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: 316.
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