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Extra resources for The Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 (Perspectives on Modern World History)
Li’s military crackdown against the democracy movement and without naming anyone he seemed to attack Mr. ” Still, Mr. Peng’s speech was not as hard line as might have been expected, since he is regarded as one of the retired leaders most suspicious of rapid liberalization. 28 PERSPECTIVES ON MODERN WORLD HISTORY VIEWPOINT 4 The World Reacts to News of the Tiananmen Square Crackdown Robert D. McFadden In the following selection, New York Times reporter Robert D. McFadden writes of responses on the parts of various governments and of overseas Chinese to the news that the Chinese government had used its army to shoot protesters in and around Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.
Bush to “take immediate diplomatic and political measures” against China. PERSPECTIVES ON MODERN WORLD HISTORY 33 The Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 In Chicago, 6,000 people from 35 universities in the Middle West marched in a mock funeral procession to mourn the Beijing dead. They demanded the resignations of Mr. Li and China’s senior leader, Deng Xiaoping, and extensive reforms of the Chinese Communist Party. Senator Simon urged Congress to consider a resolution condemning China. Rallying outside the Chinese Embassy in Washington, 3,000 protesters—many of them from universities in the East, South and Middle West who rode in cars and buses all night to take part—demanded that the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Han Xu, and other officials come out and justify their Government’s actions.
On May 17, the provincial vice-governor agreed to meet students the following day. Many students were trying to board trains to Peking. By June 1, protestors were blockading main roads around Chengdu. One was killed and five injured when a goods vehicle crashed into a blockade. On June 4, Chengdu’s main department store was burnt down. Radio reports said the crowd also burnt a police station and fire engines, which tried to intervene. Police were attacked with stones and bottles. The next day saw further intense violence.
The Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 (Perspectives on Modern World History) by Jeff Hay