various democratic parties will support the PLA troops for their action to safeguard the capital and maintain public security. I hope that you will give them your full understanding and support [applause].
This is the point that I wanted to explain to you comrades here. I have nothing else to say. That is all [applause].
[Announcer] Attending the meeting were the president and vice president of the state, members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee currently in Beijing, and responsible comrades from the CPC Central Committee, the State Council, the National People's Congress, the Central Military Commission, the Central Advisory Commission, the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and Beijing Municipality.
At the beginning of the meeting, Li Ximing, secretary of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee, briefed the meeting about the current situation in Beijing Municipality.
The Order of the State Council on Enforcing Martial Law in Part of Beijing Municipality
Source: Remnin ribao (People's Daily) ( Beijing) ( May 21, 1989): 1; FBIS, May 24, p. 24.
The order of the State Council of the People's Republic of China on enforcing martial law in part of Beijing Municipality:
In view of serious turmoil in Beijing Municipality, which has disrupted social stability, normal life and public order, and in accordance with Item 16 under Article 89 of the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, the State Council has decided to enforce martial law in part of Beijing Municipality from 10:00 A.M. [0100 GMT] on May 20, 1989, so as to check the turmoil with a firm hand, maintain Beijing Municipality's public order, protect citizens' lives and property, defend public property, and protect the central state organs and the Beijing Municipal Government doing day-to-day official business.
The Beijing Municipal People's Government will be in charge of the enforce-