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Why None of the "Student Leaders" Died in the "Tiananmen Massacre"? (3)

8 June 2009

Since the noon of June 3rd, the radio and television stations in Beijing began to broadcast the warning from the authority, reminding public that the Tiananmen Square is under curfew and urging people to leave and stay away from the premises. By the afternoon, the military force that was deployed to impose martial law started to move towards the square but the advance was violently obstructed by a large number of students and citizens. Most death in the whole incident occurred during the open confrontation at this stage.

No one knew when and what caused the first death. There are many versions of the event, but all acknowledged that at the moment the mob pounced on the soldier, the latter who was armed with machine gun did not opened fire; and if he did [as a U.S. soldier would undoubtedly do, and do so long before that moment - admin], none of the attackers would have survived. But he opted not to, and consequently he paid the price with his young life. The question is why he didn't open the fire - clearly he was so ordered. [A similar situation reoccurred during the Lhasa Riot 19 years later in 2008, sadly - admin]. It is obvious that the troops initially hoped they could use their own bodies to force their way to the curfew site.

However, after soldiers were brutally killed by the mobs in the process, the authority realised that the job could not be done without force, thus the troops were given the power to open fire when necessary. One hour after the death of the first soldier, the armoured vehicles arrived at Muxidi and encountered blockages placed by the crowd. When the convoy's request to remove the blockages met violent objections, the military force opened the fire, not at the crowd but the blockages, which unfortunately still caused injuries to a few students and residents who where then immediate sent to hospitals.

The news that the law-enforcement troops opened fire at the crowd quickly spread around and was received with shock by the students in the Tiananmen Square, who at once flocked to seek instructions from Chai Lin and her team , but only found they were all vanished without a trace.

The fact that the "student leaders" deserted the students they were supposed to lead immediately sent the crowd into chaos. Out of despair, they turned to a Taiwan rock star surnamed Hou for help. Hou thus became the new leader of the crowd and later declared that no one ever died in the square during the whole incident.

The excerpt of the original text in Chinese:

中午12点,北京电台与电视台开始不停顿的广播戒严指挥部的通告。吾尔开希和李录也迅速地撤离了广场。下午,戒严部队开始向天安门广场推进,一些学生与市民拼死阻止部队推进,一场流血拼搏开始了。虽然高自联指挥部的头头全跑了, 但是负责阻止部队推进的学生们并不知道,他们还在忠实地执行头头的命令。大部分64死亡学生是担任阻止部队推进任务的。

谁也不知道第一个死去的学生是怎么死的?谁也不知道第一个被学生和市民打死的士兵是怎么死的?有很多种说法。其中有一个说法似乎比较象真的。故事说:正当学生与戒严部队士兵僵持时,突然响起了一下枪声, 于是群众叫了起来:“解放军打死人了!解放军打死人了!”接着十几个身强力壮的男人向士兵猛扑了过去,抓住了士兵们的冲锋枪。士兵们吓得丢下枪跑了。但是有一个士兵却给市民打死了, 脑袋被砸碎了。还有其他很多版本的故事。但是所有的故事有个共同点:当市民扑向那个被打死的士兵时,他没有用手里的冲锋枪扫射扑向他的市民。如果他扫了,那些扑向他的市民个个都得被打死,他就会活下来。为什么他不开枪呢?一是恐怕他不忍向老百姓开枪,刚才那一枪也不是他打的,二是恐怕他没有收到开枪的命令。很多研究64历史的文献都指出,戒严指挥部一开始在使用武力这一点上是很犹豫的。士兵在向天安门推进时,主要是用士兵的躯体,枪虽带着,但是并没有使用。所以几个小时也无法打开通道。

在戒严士兵被打死了一个小时以后,戒严指挥部显然下达了开枪的命令。一批戒严士兵又来到木樨地,他们命令学生与市民撤除路障,但是学生与市民拒绝服从。于是士兵就向路障开枪。有几个学生与市民立即倒下,被别人马上送去医院,路障就打开了。士兵被打死和戒严士兵用冲锋枪开路打死学生的的消息很快传遍天安门 广场。当学生要向柴总指挥请示怎么办时,发现总指挥部是空的。总指挥部外面聚集了许多学生,有个外地学生头头说他找了一个下午也没找到一个高自联头头。高自联头头丢下学生先逃跑的消息使天安门广场上的学生们陷入一片混乱。大家都不知道怎么办, 于是就去问候德建。

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