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Excerpts from Chinese dissident and 1989 Tiananmen Square student protest leader Hu Ping’s seminal 1980 essay, translated for the first time into English. With an introduction by fellow dissident and Tiananmen student activist Wuer Kaixi. On Freedom of Speech 论言论自由 by Hu Ping 胡平, translated from the Chinese by Eric Abrahamsen - Guernica
6/4/1989- Chinese Army Troops Storm Tiananmen Square To Crush The Pro-Democracy Movement.
Almost to the end, the students thought they could win. As troops closed in on Tiananmen Square before dawn on Sunday, the unarmed protesters defiantly stood their ground. But two hours later, as gunfire echoed outside the square, the last holdouts gave in to despair. “We can’t let any more blood flow,” someone shouted over the loudspeaker. “We must leave.” The last 1,000 or so students wearily walked out of the square, many of them in tears. At that point the Army stormed down the streets toward Tiananmen — tanks, armored personnel carriers and trucks full of troops, spitting gunfire in all directions. They smashed through the protesters’ frail barricades and charged into the square, where they demolished the students’ provocative statue, “the Goddess of Democracy.” Angry civilians poured into the streets shouting “You beasts! You beasts!” The soldiers shot back, killing 500 to 1,000 people and leaving the democracy movement in ruins.
Newsweek June 12, 1989