China: Hospitals Report Overcrowding

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the nationwide, student-led democracy movement in China, and the subsequent June 4th military crackdown in Beijing.  To commemorate the student movement, CDT is posting a series of original news articles from 1989, beginning with the death of Hu Yaobang on April 15 and continuing through the tumultuous spring.  The full series can be read at Twenty Years Ago Today: Tiananmen Square Student Movement.

The Google News Archive has a scan of this original Rome-News Tribune article:

The standoff between troops and protesters [in Tiananmen Square] had been tense but largely peaceful for weeks, with soldiers seemingly reluctant or unable to move against the crowds until the first widespread violence broke out Saturday afternoon.

A doctor from the Fuxing Hospital in western Beijing, where troops began firing on people in the street, said the hospital had taken in 15 dead and so many wounded they had to be put in garages.

“There are people who have been shot in the head, chest, stomach, legs and eyes,” said a nurse at Beijing Union Medical College, which reported 24 dead and hundreds injured.

If you have access to additional sources of original reporting, video, accounts or photos from the spring of 1989, please send them to us at and we’ll consider including them in this series.  Many thanks.

June 4, 2009 12:00 AM
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