The Judgment of History Will Be Severe
Source: Ta kung pao ( Hong Kong) ( June 4, 1989): 2; FBIS, June 5, pp. 23-24.
Gunshots finally were heard in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, last night. The triggers were pulled by the troops enforcing martial law, the so-called "People's Army." Initial reports indicate that scores of people, students and Beijing citizens, were shot dead. Here is the iron-clad evidence: The Chinese people in Tiananmen Square shed blood, when ruthless bullets pierced the bodies of students and citizens. Alas! Things should have worsened to such a condition! The day June 3, 1989, is one that all Chinese nations wept for the tragedy that took place in Tiananmen and will go down in Chinese history. Those who have committed this error will come under the judgment of history.
Guns were fired, and batons, tear gas, and armored vehicles were used. We can well imagine what a scene it was!
Disregarding objective facts, turning a blind eye on the reality in which a million of Beijing's residents, out of indignation, dashed ahead regardless of their safety to protect the students on consecutive evenings, the Beijing authorities insist that "a small group of people have premeditated to create disturbances to expand turmoil." They have even said that "the graveness of the behavior of a small group of people violating the law has gone beyond our endurance. . . ." In line with this tone, a murderous note could keenly be felt in the June 3 urgent circular issued by the headquarters of the troops enforcing martial law, and the curse between their teeth: "Nobody should illegally stop military vehicles under whatever pretext, obstruct and besiege the People's Liberation Army, or prevent the troops enforcing martial law from exercising their duties. . . . Should anyone pay no heed to our persuasion, cling obstinately to his course, and defy the law, the troops enforcing martial law, public security cadres and police, and the Armed Police Corps are authorized to adopt all measures to deal with him by force; the organizers and trouble-makers will have to bear responsibility for all consequences." It actually means: "Kill on the spot with the authority of the law."
Anyone who is objective and knows something about Beijing's situation cannot but pose the question: Was it necessary to dispatch the troops enforcing martial law? Who is exercising dictatorship on whom? The majority of the students in Tiananmen Square have pulled out in recent days. Remaining there