Deng `regretted' attack on Tiananmen protesters
Wednesday 05 March 1997
The late Chinese leader, who was head of the Central Military Commission on the day troops opened fire on unarmed protesters on 4 June 1989, was quoted as saying the action was "the most regrettable event" of his life.
According to Kyodo's unnamed Chinese sources, Deng said he had been forced into a harsh response to the demonstrators.
"We couldn't help at the time but take the most active response," Deng is alleged to have said. Agencies - Tokyo
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