İlknur Şebnem Oztemel – TDO – It has been revealed that the British Government was warned by its diplomat as the Chinese People's Liberation Army was enthusiastic about to ensanguine streets, two weeks before the massacre in Tiananmen Square took place.
It has been revealed that diplomat Sir Alan Ewen Donald wrote a message to London on 20 May 1989 as "The Chinese government has decided that there is no way to avoid bloodshed". Sir Donald added information that he gathered from a lunch with his American sinologist friend, Stuart Schram as Deng Xiaoping who was the president of China between 1978-1992, said two hundred deaths would bring 20 years of peace to China. Additionally Sir Donald said ‘’The implication was the sacrifice of a number of demonstrators lives in order to stabilize the situation and provide more time to complete reforms for China.’’ Xiaoping prioritized economy rather than ideology,diferent from his predecessors.
Between 15 April 1989 and 4 June 1989, various activists from university students to serfs, Chinese people got together in Tiananmen Square to protest new economic reforms and authoritarian rule. Government declared martial law in 20 May and soldiers suppressed the protests brutally on 4 June. Government resources declared number of civilians killed between 200 and 300 but it’s claimed that it’s about 2000-3000.
At that time, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said she was shocked and appalled by the unfortunate events.