Search the Archive

China, PR / Student Protests / Government Response #122124

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 19, 1989
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(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.

Carrel, Todd;
Laurence, John;
Jennings, Peter

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.