They too wanted the free­dom to speak, be­lieve, pe­ti­tion, buy, sell, make and move.

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The other no­tion that died on June 3 and 4, 1989, was that the Chi­nese Com­mu­nists rule by the con­sent of the gov­erned. It had be­come fash­ion­able to pre­sume that the late 1970s eco­nomic re­forms that had lifted China out of the ab­ject mis­ery of com­mu­nist-im­posed poverty had sat­is­fied the restive pop­ula- hunger strikes, de­mand­ing faster re­forms. The crowds grew, and the regime creaked. Even af­ter Zhao Ziyang made a tear­ful ap­peal, beg­ging the stu­dents to leave on May 19, the ma­jor­ity stayed. Mar­tial law was de­clared the next day, but many still stayed. They were peace­ful and pow­er­ful. The gov­ern­ment

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