Thursday, December 28, 2017

British diplomatic cable "Minimum estimate of civilian dead 10,000." in Beijing's 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre

The truth of Beijing's June 1989 massacre declassified

Tiananmen Square in June of 1989
Massacres under communist regimes are seldom accidental but methodically planned out. Two high profile examples from Cuba back up this assertion. First the "13 de Marzo" tugboat sinking on July 13, 1994 that claimed 37 lives had been prepared and deliberately planned out in advance. The Brothers to the Rescue shoot down on February 24, 1996 was planned out weeks in advance and practice runs were carried out by the Castro regime's MiGs. Two weeks prior to the Tiananmen Square massacre then Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping observed: “Two hundred dead could bring 20 years of peace to China.” A recently declassified British diplomatic cable reveals that "at least 10,000 people were killed in the Chinese army's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in June 1989." This blog has remembered the events of those terrible days over the years and the continuing repression in China today.

Chinese military cracking down in June of 1989 in Beijing
Agence France Press reported some of the horrors contained in the diplomatic cable:
The document, made public more than 28 years after the event, describes injured girls being bayoneted, bodies being ground up by armoured vehicles and human remains being flushed into the sewers. "Minimum estimate of civilian dead 10,000," the then British ambassador Alan Donald said in the secret telegram to London seen by AFP at Britain's National Archives.
Crushed remains of a June 1989 victim

Quotes taken from the document itself:

"The 27 Army APCs [armoured personnel carriers] opened fire on the crowd before running over them. APCs ran over troops and civilians at 65kph [40 miles per hour].”

"Students understood they were given one hour to leave square, but after five minutes APCs attacked. Students linked arms but were mown down. APCs then ran over the bodies time and time again to make, quote ‘pie’ unquote, and remains collected by bulldozer. Remains incinerated and then hosed down drains."

"27 Army troops had used dum-dum bullets and snipers shot many civilians on balconies, street sweepers etc for target practice. "

"27 Army ordered to spare no one. Wounded girl students begged for their lives but were bayoneted.
A three-year-old girl was injured, but her mother was shot as she went to her aid, as were six others.”

"1,000 survivors were told they could escape but were then mown down by specially prepared MG [machine gun] positions."

"Army ambulances who attempted to give aid were shot up, as was a Sino-Japanese hospital ambulance. With medical crew dead, wounded driver attempted to ram attackers but was blown to pieces by anti-tank weapon."

"27 Army officer shot dead by own troops, apparently because he faltered. Troops explained they would be shot if they hadn’t shot the officer. "

"Minimum estimate of civilian dead 10,000."

Despite all of this the United Nations Human Rights office "dangerously handed over to China the names of four human rights activists slated to attend a Human Rights Council session" in 2017. Below are copies of the just declassified document.

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