Sunday, August 6, 2017

This Day in 1989: August 17, 1989, Hou Dejian Reappears

Right after the massacre, Hou Dejian had secretly sought refuge in the Australian embassy in Beijing. After two months' negotiations, Hou Dejian finally exited the embassy voluntarily on August 16, 1989, after receiving a guarantee for his safety.

Immediately, Hou Dejian conducted an interview by the New China Press, and a brief report was published in the official press. It emphasized that "No one person was killed or crushed by tanks during the withdraw [from Tiananmen Square]". A week later, Hou Dejian published a much more detailed account in Hong Kong press.

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