Sol­dier-turned-artist re­counts crack­down at Tianan­men Square

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By An­drew Ja­cobs The New York Times

BEI­JING — Soaked in sweat, his heart racing, Chen Guang de­scended the steps of China’s Great Hall of the Peo­ple and aimed his au­to­matic ri­fle at the sea of stu­dent pro­test­ers oc­cu­py­ing Tianan­men Square. A 17-year-old sol­dier from the coun­try­side, Chen and his com­rades had been given or­ders to clear the sym­bolic heart of the na­tion, even if it meant spilling blood.

“We were as­sured there would be no le­gal con­se­quences if we opened fire,” Chen said Tues­day. “My only hope was that the stu­dents would not put up a fight.”

Twenty years af­ter Chi­nese troops shot their way into the cen­ter of Bei­jing, killing hun­dreds of peo­ple and wound­ing many more, Chen pro­vided a rare win­dow into the mil­i­tary crack­down that re-es­tab­lished the Com­mu­nist

Kin Che­ung AS­SO­ci­AteD PreSS

In Hong Kong, Joe Lung marks the 20th an­niver­sary of the deadly sup­pres­sion in Bei­jing.

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