Who Will Shout If Not Us?: Student Activists and the Tiananmen Square Protest, China, 1989 (Civil Rights Struggles Around the World)

Who Will Shout If Not Us?: Student Activists and the Tiananmen Square Protest, China, 1989 (Civil Rights Struggles Around the World)

Ann Kerns

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 0822589710

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In this gripping story of a historic clash between repressive government forces and individuals seeking freedom, well explore the reasons that led students in China to defy authority. Well learn the details of their demands and of the shattering events that followed when they took to the streets to press for their civil rights.

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students weakly drinking water or shivering under blankets in midday, their anger at the government€grew. When Gorbachev arrived in Beijing at noon on May 15, PRC president Yang Shangkun met him and his aides at the airport. The motorcade was taken into central Beijing not by the normal ceremonial route but by one of the city’s secondary roads. The Russian visitors were whisked into government buildings to begin their round of meetings. Meanwhile, many of the reporters and photographers sent to

against a government led by old men. They also specifically criticized Deng, seeing his hand in Zhao’s downfall. They called him a dictator and demanded his resignation. Students were angry, but they were also frightened by the news about martial law. The army had moved in to the outskirts of Beijing and was awaiting orders. A Short-Lived Compromise The Beijing city government had sent buses to the square to shelter students during spring thunderstorms. But the students suspected that the buses

cell. When he tried to stage a hunger strike, prison guards force-fed him. Wang was released in 1993. He continued to write pro-democracy and human rights articles and was arrested again in 1995. He was charged with trying to overthrow the Chinese government and sentenced to eleven years in prison. But three years into the sentence, Wang was given a medical parole because of serious stomach problems. Chinese officials exiled Wang to the United States and forbade him from setting foot in mainland

1980: Deng protégé and economic reformer Zhao Ziyang becomes premier of the PRC. 1981: Deng protégé and economic reformer Hu Yaobang becomes general secretary of the CCP. 1986: Disappointed by the pace of social and political reforms, tens of thousands of Chinese students march in protest. 1987: Party officials criticize Hu Yaobang for not publicly condemning the 1986 student protests. Hu is forced to resign from office. Zhao Ziyang becomes the CCP general secretary, and hard-liner Li Peng is

http://www.hrichina.org/ public/contents/article ?revision%5fid=1798&item%5f id=1797 (January 22, 2010). Zhang Liang, The Tiananmen Papers, 387. George H. W. Bush, quoted in Robert L. Suettinger, Beyond Tiananmen: The Politics of U.S.-China Relations, 1989–2000 (Washington, DC: Brookings Institute, 2003), 66. BBC, “1989: Massacre in Tiananmen Square,” BBC News, June 4, 1989, http:// news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/ hi/dates/stories/june/4/ newsid_2496000/2496277 .stm (March 22, 2009). Robert D.

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