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Tiananmen crackdown

10,000 killed in China’s 1989 Tiananmen crackdown claims British archive

BEIJING: At least 10,000 people were killed in the Chinese army’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square in June 1989, according to a newly released British secret diplomatic cable that gives gruesome details of the bloodshed in Beijing. “Minimum estimate of civilian dead 10,000,” the then British ambassador Alan Donald said in a telegram to London. The document, made public more than 28 years after the event, was seen by AFP at Britain’s National Archives. The estimate, given on June 5, 1989, the…