- Oct 2013
Probably not, but we cannot assume the opposite has to be true by default.Was there any report of soldiers badly beaten or dead by protesters before the tanks and martial law being promulgated in Beijing? That's the one billion dollar question.
Personally, I don't think protestors armed with clubs would be able to pull out soldiers and beat them to death and have the time to mutilate their corpses if tanks were already in the city. If the issue was escalated to the point when tanks had to be called in, the soldiers would have been armed to the teeth and wore helmets, like on the video recordings and pictures we see (referencing the clip with soldiers walking through the burning square). But on the pictures of the dead soldiers, we see peak caps on them.