Tiananmen toll 'exaggerated'
Tuesday 14 July 1992
Mr Perez de Cuellar, who was in office during the crackdown in and around Tiananmen Square, said he had received no convincing evidence of widespread killing at that time. 'Tiananmen was exaggerated. I think it was a really cruel oppression but from there to say it was a tremendous, dramatic, tragic violation of human rights is an exaggeration,' he said at a bankers' lunch.
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