Home > News > Regional
Wednesday June 4, 2014 MYT 7:52:00 AM
Wednesday June 4, 2014 MYT 9:46:07 AM
WASHINGTON: Troops deployed from China's provinces laughed as they shot randomly at pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, according to a US account declassified Tuesday for the 25th anniversary.
The US documents, released by the National Security Archive at George Washington University which obtained them under the Freedom of Information Act, showed chaos and confusion sweeping across China as authorities crushed the student movement on the night of June 3-4, 1989.
A classified US military report quoted an unnamed source, who observed Tiananmen Square from a hotel room, as calling the crackdown "brutal" with an intention to inflict high casualties.
Troops belonging from the 27th Army, who did not speak the Beijing dialect, "were laughing and shooting at random at any assembly of persons they encountered," the document quoted the source as saying.
The cable also quoted the source as witnessing plainclothes police seizing individuals in a restaurant as part of a "one-by-one crackdown" in Beijing ahead of the main offensive in Tiananmen Square.
But the documents showed that information was sketchy. One US intelligence cable the day after the crackdown quoted a source - implied to be an official from a foreign government close to China - as saying that supreme leader Deng Xiaoping had died. In reality, Deng died in 1997.
Another US cable, showing the feeling of crisis spreading through China, said that the military flew foreign currency into the Shanghai branch of the state-run Bank of China as customers raced to withdraw cash following the Tiananmen violence.
Soldiers killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in Tiananmen Square, with some estimates putting the death toll at more than 1,000.
China's government has tried to quash public memories of the crackdown and has stepped up surveillance, censorship and detentions of activists ahead of the 25th anniversary. -AFP
Tags / Keywords:
Regional, Tiananmen Square, anniversary, Freedom of Information Act
Liow: There’s life in villages
Hong Kong police on alert on anniversary of protests
CIMB and Petronas relaunch joint MasterCard
Book salutes 55 men of vision
Guinness marks 50th anniversary of brewing in Malaysia
Suspect in Samal kidnapping nabbed
A ping pong robot and a mirror that 'doesn't lie' unveiled in Japan
Philippine dictator's son says father's legacy will help poll bid
Scientists discover ‘hog-nosed rat’ in Indonesia
Indonesia needs better aircraft for water-bombing operations
Man in Singapore charged with murder of five-year-old son
Cleaning up Sungai Kinta
Exclusive - Red-hot Lewandowski has Euro 2016 in his sights
Resort in Lumut makes for a great weekend getaway
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)