tor. In the absence of restraint, it could go to extremes. Under such circumstances, nothing short of a fresh start can satisfy students' cravings. When things have gone that far, students' passions can be easily used by a handful of conspirators to achieve their ends. This has been borne out by the events over the past two months.
In light of this, the party and government should open up more channels for the people, students in particular, to voice their views on politics and democracy in a positive and reasonable way guaranteed by normal procedures. This will help regulate contradictions in their psychology and reinforce their capability to withstand social changes.
Newsletter from Beijing: Beijing Crisis Worsens Under the Violence
Source: Ta kung pao ( Hong Kong) ( June 4, 1989): 2; FBIS, June 5, pp. 32-33.
Martial law enforcement troops, who tried to move to Tiananmen Square, were held back by citizens and students in Beijing and could not enter the square. This unexpected development once again shocked the city of Beijing, which had gradually calmed down in the past few days. On Saturday afternoon, in the Liubukou area of Western Chang'an Avenue, the armed police force used tear gas and electric prods to beat up and clear away citizens and students. The violent incidents thus sharply intensified the contradictions.
On the early morning of Saturday, June 3, when most citizens stepped out of their houses and prepared to go to work, the first message they got was that plainclothes troops who tried to enter the city were held back by the common people, and some people were knocked down and killed by a military vehicle in the Muxudi area. Then, the citizens saw that many military vehicles were surrounded by students and citizens in many intersections along Chang'an Avenue. On top of these vehicles could be seen metal helmets, rifles, daggers, hardtack, and other military equipment and materials. Some college students stood on the tops of these vehicles and told the onlookers about the uses of