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Tiananmen Square - May 19-21, 1989

(Not thrilled to be there) As the numbers swelled into the hundreds of thousands, the political tug-of-war continued. The students called off their
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(Not thrilled to be there)

As the numbers swelled into the hundreds of thousands, the political tug-of-war continued. The students called off their hunger strike and rumors were everywhere. Deng Xiao Peng fell in step with the hardliners and pledged to break up the demonstration by sending in troops at dawn on the 21st if the student leaders didn't quit.

Dawn came and went and the PLA were still outside the city limits of Beijing, reluctant to move against the students, with thousands of students swarming to meet the troops pleading with them to join them. The waiting game was in full gear.

Here are clips from May 19-21, with reports and speculation flooding the airwaves.

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