Monday, June 9, 2008

NYT Archive 1989: Li Peng Reappers

Five days after the bloody massacre, Premier Li Peng became the first leader to appear in public. He reclaimed leadership role by praising the troops on TV. On June 9, 1989, New York Times was still speculating the fates of Deng Xiaoping and ZhaoZiyang. Beijing was still a city in turmoil. Military convoys patrolled the city. Soldiers fired their guns sporadically.

In Shanghai, on the other hand, a kinder and gentler approach appeared to be working.

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