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

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appeal, to demand that the Beijing authorities replace their agitated sentiment with reason and intuitive knowledge and immediately halt the military suppression!

Some one million citizens and students and the support of the whole nation are by no means "an extremely small group." Definitely, the shooting by the troops exercising martial law was an unforgivable error.

It is China's misfortune that on the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the PRC, it will be forced to come to a standstill and even a retrogression. The "June 3" gunshots have announced that the ten-year reform and opening up have suffered irredeemable harm. The achievements of the "one country, two systems," and "the reunification between Taiwan and the mainland" scored only after tremendous efforts are likely to go down the drain. The investments of and talks with foreign businessmen will have to be shelved. In short: Who is to take the blame?

"When the people show no fear of death, will it be effective to scare them with death?" The indomitable spirit of Beijing's citizens and students facing the armed forces day in and day out has fully evidenced this point. The current patriotic student movement fighting for democracy has roused the support of all descendants of the Chinese nation worldwide as well as the intellectuals, workers, and citizens nationwide. Should the Beijing authorities fail to wake up and escape disaster at the last moment, nobody can tell what will happen to them tomorrow. When the people's wrath bursts into a fire, can anyone tell who will be the last victor?

He who has won the people's faith in him will prosper, and he who has lost the people's faith in him will perish. This is a truth that all those who are in power, Chinese or foreign alike, should bear in mind. The Beijing authorities should think twice before taking further action!


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Statement Issued by Zhongguo Tongxun She Employees

Source: Zhongguo Tongxun She ( China news organization) ( Hong Kong) ( June 5, 1989); FBIS, June 5, p. 94.

[The following statement issued by "some" Zhongguo Tongxun She employees was transmitted in big characters.]

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