"BEIJING, March 7 " The retired military physician [Jiang Yanyong] who last year helped expose China's initial cover-up of the SARS outbreak is now calling on the Communist Party to confront one of its darkest periods and acknowledge that it was gravely wrong in violently cracking down on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in 1989.
He quoted former President Yang Shangkun, who died in 1998, as saying the massacre should be re-examined, a step the doctor would like to see now. "I'm convinced that a correct evaluation of June 4 is everybody's desire and will certainly not create emotional turmoil," he wrote. "The policy of placing stability above all else can only create greater instability."
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