28 Dec '17, 7am

[Mothership] 2,800 or 10,000 dead? Dispute over Tiananmen death toll rages on 28 years later.

Recently, the news that at least 10,000 people were killed in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989 was circulated on multiple Western media outlets, such as BBC and AFP . The news reports were based on a report by Hong Kong media HK01 published on Dec. 20. A reporter from the news site had cited the number after reading declassified UK diplomatic documents found in the UK National Archives in London. Advertisement Newest claim of 10,000 deaths The reports claimed that the figure was stated in a secret diplomatic cable from then British ambassador to China, Alan Donald sent on Jun 5, 1989. He said that the original source was “member of State Council”, who “previously proved reliable and was careful to separate fact from speculation and rumour”. According to the report, the name of the confidential source has been redacted in the declassified documents, reflecting the highly-se...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/12/tiananmen-incident-death-toll/

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