|Date||3 June 1989 - 4 June 1989|
|Interest of||'Tank Man'|
The Chinese government brutally suppressed mostly peaceful protests by young students with the military. Over the years, the story has subtly changed (without the public impression having changed), from crowds of machine-gunned students, to alleged massacres in other parts of town.
On June 12, 1989, eight days after the confrontation, the New York Times published an "exhaustive" but in fact fully fabricated eyewitness report of the Tiananmen Massacre by a student, Wen Wei Po. It was full of detailed accounts of brutality, mass murder, and heroic street battles. It recounted PLA machine gunners on the roof of Revolutionary Museum overlooking the Square and students being mowed down in the Square. This report was picked up by media throughout the United States.
The Chinese government’s official account acknowledges that street fighting and armed clashes occurred in nearby neighborhoods. They say that approximately three hundred died that night including many soldiers who died from gunfire, Molotov cocktails and beatings. But they have insisted that there was no massacre. Beijing officially reported that about 700 died in total, 300 of those being People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers.
Hu Yaobang, who helped economic development and social change in post-Mao China, but who was also blamed for student protests that occurred across China in 1987, for his "laxness" and "bourgeois liberalization" that had either led to or worsened those protests, died on 15th April 1989 - which is also the day the protests started in and around the Tiananmen Square. At the height of the protests, about one million people assembled on the square and were organized by groups of students, intellectuals and labor activists. There was no common cause or leadership in the protests, most protesters did not like the way the Communist party of China ran the economy, some also wanted a change towards more democracy. Most people protested on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, but some also did in other cities, like Shanghai; protests in other cities other than Beijing stayed peaceful.
Waiting in the wings to take power as a "Chinese Gorbachev" was Zhao Ziyang, former Chinese Premier and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China at the time of the Tiananmen protests. Zhao in his memoir stated that "China should adopt a free press, freedom to organize, an independent judiciary, and a multiparty parliamentary democracy." He also called for "the privatization of state-owned enterprises, the separation of the Party and the state, and general market economic reforms."
In September 1992, the Vancouver Sun published an article explaining how "For months before the June 3 attack on the demonstrators, the CIA had been helping student activists form the anti-government movement, providing typewriters, facsimile machines and other equipment to help them spread their message, said one official. The CIA declined all comment."
The Vancouver Sun also told how "The CIA station chief in China left the country two days before Chinese troops attacked demonstrators in the capital Beijing in 1989, after predicting the military would not act, U.S. officials said...The Central Intelligence Agency had sources among protestors, as well as within China’s intelligence services with which it enjoyed a close relationship since the 1970s, said the officials, who spoke this week on condition of anonymity."
The former Australian diplomat Gregory Clark wrote:
To date the world seems to have assumed that those buses were fired by the crowds after the soldiers had started shooting. In fact it was the reverse — that the crowds attacked the buses as they entered Beijing, incinerating dozens of soldiers inside, and only then did the shooting begin.
In recent years the Tiananmen massacre story has taken something of a beating as people in the square that night, including a Spanish TV unit, have emerged to tell us that there was no massacre, that the only thing they saw was a military unit entering in the late evening and asking the several hundred students still there quietly to leave. So the “massacre” location has been moved to the streets around the square..
Helvey also trained in Hong Kong the student leaders from Beijing in mass demonstration techniques which they were to subsequently use in the Tiananmen Square incident of June 1989 and is now believed to be acting as an adviser to the Falun Gong, the religious sect of China, in similar civil disobedience techniques. Col. Helvey nominally retired from the army in 1991, but had been working with Albert Einstein and Soros long before then.
Larry Romanoff challenges the conventional view on the Tiananmen Square massacre. Romanoff makes the point that the protests were peaceful and the students were getting along with the soldiers, there were different protests happening at the time and at one point mercenary types, who were well prepared for an attack made their move and escalated, killing soldiers (who were scarcely armed at that point) by burning them in their vehicles. In his view this was an attempted color revolution.
- The Vancouver Sun, "TIANANMEN - CIA man misread reaction, sources say" September 17, 1992, p.A20. via VolteiarNet https://www.voltairenet.org/article177116.html#nb1
- https://canadianpatriot.org/2022/04/04/tiananmen-square-the-failure-of-an-american-instigated-1989-color-revolution/ saved at Archive.org saved at Archive.is