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Li Peng, ‘butcher of Beijing,’ and his role in Tiananmen

On May 19, 1989, then-Chinese Premier Li Peng, a newly-installed standing member of the Communist Party’s Politburo, declared in murderous tones a State Council curfew order, leading to the People’s Liberation Army’s brutal crackdown on student protesters in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in the early hours of June 4. Li then became known as […]

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