People's Army Against the People

People's Army Against the People - Kimberly Zhang"People's...

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Kimberly Zhang “People’s Army Against the People” Reading 1. Democracy movement of 1989 a. Fall of communism in eastern Europe b. Hu Yaobang died on April 15 i. Students mourned death since Hu had been generally supportive of student causes c. Student occupation of Tiananmen Square, erection of statue called the Goddess of Democracy attracted students, civilians d. Hard-line leadership accused students of using foreign symbol to “insult the Chinese nation” e. June 1, national holiday for children, but preparations enforcing martial law were already underway f. June 2, government speeding up steps toward military crackdown 2. Muxudi incident of June 2 a. Muxidi, major intersection on Changan Avenue (close to square) b. Last of eight police jeeps veered toward sidewalk i. 200 watched as jeep ran into pedestrians and cyclists c. People who witnessed accident reacted with shock, dismay i. One man dragged jeep driver out of vehicle and slapped him ii. Bystanders spontaneously organized, surrounded vehicle to keep scene intact iii. Man jumped on top of jeep and called on citizens of Beijing to carry bodies of dead and demonstrate the next day iv. Team of bike riders marched, spread news of “accident” and shouted slogans such as
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