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Chen Zaidao

Chen Zaidao (simplified Chinese: 陈再道; traditional Chinese: 陳再道; pinyin: Chén Zàidào, 1909 – 1993) was a Chinese general in the People's Liberation Army, who commanded the Wuhan Military Region 1954-67. He is most noted for having arrested pro-Mao Xie Fuzhi and Wang Li during the Wuhan Incident in July 1967. [1] He was promptly dismissed after the incident, but was rehabilitated in 1972 and entered the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in 1978.

During the Tiananmen Square protests of spring 1989, Chen Zaidao joined former Minister of Defense Zhang Aiping and five other retired generals in opposing the enforcement of martial law by the Army in Beijing.

Due to the exigent circumstances, we as old soldiers, make the following request: Since the People's Army belongs to the people, it cannot stand against the people, much less kill the people, and must not be permitted to fire on the people and cause bloodshed; to prevent the situation from escalating, the Army must not enter the city.

Ye Fei, Zhang Aiping, Xiao Ke, Yang Dezhi, Chen Zaidao, Song Shilun and Li JukuiMay 21, 1989 letter to the Central Military Commission and Capital Martial Law Command Headquarters[2]

See also


  1. Thomas W. Robinson. "The Wuhan Incident: Local Strife and Provincial Rebellion During the Cultural Revolution," The China Quarterly (1971), 47: pp. 413-18.
  2. (Chinese) Wu Renhua, "89天安门事件大事记:5月21日 星期日" Accessed 2013-07-12

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