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

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State Council Spokesman Yuan Mu Holds News Conference

Source: Beijing Television Service, June 6, 1989; IBIS, June 7, pp. 12-19

[Video opens with a caption board reading "Yuan Mu Hosts News Conference," then cuts to a close-up of Yuan Mu speaking.]

[ Yuan Mu:] Today we are holding a news conference for domestic journalists, not for [overseas] Chinese and foreign journalists. The main reason for doing this is that since the early hours of the morning of June 3, a shocking counterrevolutionary rebellion, unprecedented in the history of the Republic, has occurred in the capital. It has caused great concern to the media at home and abroad. Everybody is concerned about the even. Thus, the State Council asked Comrade Zhang Gong, political commissar and director of the Political Department of a certain martial law unit [video cuts to Zhang Gong in uniform]; Comrade Yuan Liben, secretary general of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee; Comrade Ding Wenjun, deputy secretary general of the Beijing municipal government [video cuts to Ding Wenjun], and myself to give to you information about this matter. (Video shows people seated at long tables in rows, cuts to show Yuan Liben seated on Yuan Mu's right. Camera moves to close-up of Yuan Mu.] After this, you may ask questions if you have any, and we will answer them as completely as possible according to what we know about the situation. To begin with, I would like to say a few things:

First, the current situation is that a very few thugs engineered a counterrevolutionary rebellion in the early hours of the morning of June 3, but because of the valiant struggle of the People's Liberation Army, they were not entirely successful--their plot for rebellion was not entirely successful. We have achieved the initial--or shall we say first-step--victory in crushing the rebellion. The rebellion has not been completely quelled, however. The situation in the capital remains very grim. This is a general description of the current situation after our study.

Second, after the rebellion took place, people of all walks of life in society,

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