ABC Evening News for Friday, May 19, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Troops reported moving into area occupied by protesting students in Beijing, China, PR. Report introduced.
(Beijing, China, PR: John Laurence) Standoff between students and soldiers in Tiananmen Sq. featured; details given of actions of troops; scenes shown. [STUDENT - says a crackdown is political suicide for government] Taped speech from Premier Li Peng quoted and shown. Continue of hunger strike following Li's speech detailed; scenes shown from eighth day of hunger strike.
(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Threat of crackdown after Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev left China noted. Report introduced.
(Beijing, China, PR: Todd Carrel) Govt. response to student protests featured; scenes shown of Communist party leader Zhao Ziyang urging students to go home and of television news coverage of events. Televised speeches from Li Peng and ceremonial president Yang Shangkun reported; details given of their points of view with regard to demonstrations and protesters' criticism of Deng Xiaoping. Beginning of protests following death of reformer Hu Yaobang recalled.
(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Giant standoff in Tiananmen Sq. noted.
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