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

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note, saying that the students of the provisional headquarters of the fasting students are in danger of losing control of the situation and they hope that you will return immediately. At today's dialogue, you have presented your views to the party Central Committee and the State Council. On behalf of the State Council and the party Central Committee, Comrade Li Peng has expressed our views on these issues. The most pressing issue that needs to be resolved at present is to have fasting students go to the hospital for treatment with the help of the Red Cross. Regarding other problems, there will be enough time to resolve them. Shall we end our dialogue here? Comrades of the provisional headquarters of the fasting students are asking Comrades Wang Dan and Wu'er Kaixi to return as soon as possible . . .[Unidentified student, interrupting:] I want to make one point. At the beginning it was said that this is a meeting, not a dialogue.[ Li Peng, interrupting:] Yes, it is a meeting. See you again.[ Yan Mingfu:] Premier Li Peng is having talks with a foreign delegation in the next hour. . . . [Video shows Li Peng standing up and shaking hands with the students.]
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Some PLA Officers Send Open Letter to Central Military Commission
Source: Zhongguo Tongxun She (China news organization) (Hong Kong) ( May 18, 1989); FBIS, May 18, pp. 38-39.At 6:00 this morning, the Tiananmen Square broadcasting station of the student hunger strikers broadcast an open letter from a number of People's Liberation Army [PLA] officers to the Central Military Commission. The main points of the letter were as follows:
1. We absolutely cannot suppress the students and the masses by armed force. We must teach the whole body of PLA officers and men to love the people and protect them; to carry forward the people's army's glorious tradition of identity of army and people; and to strictly follow Central Military Commission First Vice-Chairman Comrade Zhao Ziyang's demand for reason, calm, restraint, and order in properly handling our relations with the masses. Under no circumstances may we act like family members drawing swords on each other, which would give joy to our enemies.

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