The Student Movement and Hu Yaobang Represent the Banner of Justice--Thoughts on Reading the April 26 Renmin ribao Editorial
Source: Pai hsing (Commoners) ( Hong Kong). no. 192 ( May 16, 1989): 17-19; FBIS, May 19, pp. 43-47.
After reading the April 26 Renmin ribao editorial, I was so amazed and indignant that I attacked the table and rose to my feet. My tenacity having been aroused, I immediately wrote a letter to Deng Xiaoping, c hairman of the Central Military Commission, to criticize this article. Feeling that I have not exhausted what is in my mind, I now refute some of its preposterous arguments as follows:
The editorial says: "After the memorial meeting, an extremely small number of people with ulterior motives continued to take advantage of the young students. . . . This is a planned conspiracy and a disturbance. Its essence is to once and for all negate the leadership of the CPC." According to Marx's historical materialism, mass riots and wars are generally divided into two clearly opposite kinds--the just and the unjust. Take "the people are driven to rebellion by tyranny" as an example. Historical books in our country always say that it is just, while suppression by government troops and police is unjust. Similarly, it is only just that "officials are driven out of power by the people." For example, Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita recently announced that he was going to step down. This comes under the category of officials being driven out of power by the people. It is also just for the common people in our country to inform against "official profiteers" perverting the law for a bribe. Can we change its progressive and just character just because an extremely small number of people with ulterior motives have sneaked into the ranks of the people driven to rebellion by tyranny?
Since it is a mass movement spontaneously joined by millions upon millions of people, it is inevitable that there are thirty, fifty, and even one or two thousand people with ulterior motives (they can also be called opportunists). Just as the