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

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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
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Students Visit Marshals Nie Rongzhen and Xu Xiangqian
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:
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 Square;
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 Tiananmen Square.
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. These four points are a groundless rumor. Students, please do not believe them;
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

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