On June 4 the Communist Party of China committed one of the worst atrocities in that country’s recent history. Against unarmed civilians, who demanded only that socialism be practised rather than preached, the party launched an all-out armed attack. June 4 1989 will go down as one of the darkest days in Chinese history. It may also signal the beginning of the end for the Chinese Communist Party. No one imagined that the party would respond in this way. Nevertheless, in hindsight, the tell-tale signs were everywhere.
Recommended CitationDutton, Michael; Burchell, David; and Burton, Bob, Briefings: 1. Massacre of the Innocents 2. Alas Poor Johnny 3. Green Fever, Australian Left Review, 1(111), 1989, 2-6.