Soldier-turned-artist recounts crackdown at Tiananmen Square
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
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