Source: New York Times Sinosphere Blog
Twenty-five years ago, on the night of April 25, editors in newspaper offices across China received aneditorial that was to run in People’s Daily the next morning, and their papers were ordered to reprint on their front pages the Communist Party newspaper’s pronouncement on the student demonstrators who had occupied Tiananmen Square for nine days.
The editorial and its contentious background marked one of the decisive turns leading to the armed offensive that seized the square on June 4, 1989, leaving hundreds dead in the streets of Beijing. The protesters were not patriots mourning the late leader Hu Yaobang, as they claimed to be, the editorial said, but pawns in a counterrevolutionary plot.
“This is a planned conspiracy, this is turmoil,” it declared, after some initial comments about the “emotive fervor” of students and the restraint exercised by the authorities...
Tiananmen Massacre Presentation