ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 17, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.
(Beijing, China, PR: John Laurence) Fifth day of student hunger strike and mass protests in Beijing, China, PR, featured; scenes shown from Tiananmen Sq. [Chinese WOMAN - says she was moved by hunger strikers.] Banners and proclamation calling for retirement of leader Deng Xiaoping quoted, shown. [Institution of Pol. Science director YAN Jiaqi - (thru translator) says Deng is being rejected.] Student-government relations and student striker casualties detailed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Impact of pols. of protests on China noted. Report introduced.
(Beijing, China, PR: Jim Laurie) Effort by Chinese leaders to solve pol. crisis featured; protest scenes shown; details given of positions of party secretary Zhao Ziyang and premier Li Peng. Deng's political career and issue of his retirement reviewed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Visit by two government leaders to hunger-striking students in hospital noted. Stmt. from Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev about protesting students quoted; scenes shown of Gorbachev at Great Wall in Badaling, China, PR, and of spread of protest to Shanghai, China, PR.