Today in 1989: the government decided on a declaration of martial law

Seventh day of hunger strike. The government's plan for martial law is leaked to students, who call off the hunger strike and declare a mass sit-in.

The Independent Workers Union (IWU) is founded at Tiananmen Square.

In an evening speech, Premier Li Peng calls for "firm and resolute measures to end the turmoil swiftly."

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