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

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of central authorities--should continue. Earnest efforts should be made to hear the voices, requests, views, and proposals of the working masses and trade union workers. Effective measures should be adopted to wipe out corruption, control inflation, achieve fair distribution, and improve public order to promote economic reform and expedite political reform.

The vast number of workers are very worried about the current economic situation, which is very severe. The development of the current situation has already seriously affected normal production routine and social and economic life. The vast number of workers thoroughly realize that all the problems cannot be resolved without a stable social environment. They do not want to see the future of the country overshadowed by any interruption or stoppage of the progress in reform, opening up, and modernization. We believe the vast number of workers fully understand their responsibilities, hold fast to their posts, persist in production and work, and join the vast number of students to maintain stability and unity and achieve their patriotic, democratic, and progressive objectives.


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Shanghai Municipal Trade Union Council Cable

Source: Shanghai City Service, May 18, 1989; FBIS, May 18, p. 69.

The Shanghai Municipal Trade Union Council today cabled a message to the All-China Federation of Trade Unions. The following is the text of the message.

To the All-China Federation of Trade Unions for forwarding to the CPC Central Committee and the State Council:

The hunger strike of the more than 3,000 students in Tiananmen Square has entered its seventh day, and the hunger strike of the students in Shanghai has also entered its third day. Their young lives are in imminent danger. The workers are distressed by the students' hunger strike. Workers in Shanghai are extremely concerned about this, and activities in support of the students are spreading. This has already affected production and life. To swiftly stop the further worsening of the situation, we urge Comrades Zhao Ziyang and Li Peng to go to the students as soon as possible to hold dialogue with the students without conditions. We urge the Central Committee to take the overall situation into consideration, have the courage to assume responsibility, and forthwith adopt decisive measures or

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