We must now concentrate our efforts on doing the three things which I mentioned above. All disputes, or arguments, are not allowed for at least two years. The line, guiding principles, and policies of the Thirteenth CPC National Congress remain unchanged. Some improper words must not be repeated. There is one more point I want to stress--that is, comrades of the Standing Committee must concentrate their minds on grasping construction. The party must grasp it. Things will not proceed without grasping construction well.
Why Good Intentions May Lead to Turmoil and Riot
Source: China Daily ( Beijing--in English) ( June 23, 1989).
Now that the riot in Beijing has been largely quelled, people are beginning to think twice about why the students' good intentions and justifiable aspirations for democracy eventually led to turmoil and riot. A People's Daily article tries to offer an answer. Excerpts follow:
Most of the students were unaware that from the very beginning their good intentions were shaped to the ends of a handful of conspirators whose goal is to negate the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party.
In fact, as early as the beginning of 1989, these people began planning to fan disturbances through the opportunities offered by the seventieth anniversary of the May 4th Movement and the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. They advocated the "overthrow of the socialist system," and "ending the rule of the Chinese Communist Party." They said that Marxism was totally utopian.
When the April 26 editorial of the People's Daily pointed out that their true purpose was to create chaos, they cloaked their ulterior motives by claiming they opposed corruption."
Whenever the students seemed to calm down, these people tried to rekindle their agitation.
They egged the students on to stage strikes, hunger strikes and stop army trucks. They were actually taking the striking students hostage to pressure the government to agree to their terms.
Most of the students were unaware of the scheme. But once they were un