Soldier Killed in Tiananmen Massacre Was a Propaganda Setup, Witness Says
After the Chinese regime sent tanks and soldiers to kill students calling for democracy in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, key leaders of the Chinese Communist Party were busy making strategies to turn public opinion in their favor.
The massacre happened early in the morning, and an eye witness saw soldiers of the Chinese military, disguised as protesters, brutally murder a soldier in the large crowd.
Trying to legitimize its crackdown on the student protesters, the death of soldier Cui Guozheng was widely publicized by the Chinese regime to incite hatred against protesters, and create the view that students were manipulated by a small group of thugs who were trying to initiate large-scale anti-government revolts. Yet, an eyewitness told The Epoch Times that Cui was actually killed by soldiers who were dressed as students and protesters.
According to Zhao Zhen (alias), seven or eight people started to beat Cui with thick metal sticks around “70 to 80 centimeters long” among a large crowd on Tiananmen Square. Cui cried out for help, but the beating did not stop. As soon as Cui was unable to move, the disguised soldiers poured gasoline on him from a bottle, and set his body ablaze. Zhao said that Cui’s body twitched while he was on fire.
“Those thugs [after beating and burning him to death] talked about cutting his stomach open and displaying it to the public … They were definitely not citizens or students,” said Zhao, who added that the student protesters did not have weapons.
Since the soldiers claimed to be protesters, bystanders did not attempt to stop them from killing Cui out of sympathy for the student protesters who had been violently suppressed by the regime that morning.
“At that time, the crowd was furious. After this event took place, people were not able to make a calm observation or analyze the real situation,” said Zhao. “I remember that more people [among the crowd] did not agree with the killing of Cui, and some did not want to admit that they helped kill Cui because they did not want to appear to be violent protesters.