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CHINESE RAISE CASUALTY FIGURES TO OVER 200 DEAD
ZHAO STRIPPED OF LAST REMAINING POST

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ZHAO STRIPPED OF LAST REMAINING POST

The Chinese government Friday raised its casualty estimate in the Beijing uprising, saying more than 200 civilians and "dozens" of soldiers and policemen were killed and more than 9,000 people were wounded.

Beijing Mayor Chen Xitong, addressing the legislature, provided the new official estimate of dead and wounded in the unrest ignited by the June 3 military assault on pro-democracy protesters, state-run media reported.The figure raised the official number of civilian deaths but still differed with unofficial estimates that thousands died fighting the troops that ended a 22-day student occupation of Tiananmen Square, focus of national democracy protests.

Chinese sources said police, continuing a crackdown on dissent, arrested two of seven intellectuals named in secret warrants. They said three others were believed to be in custody. The other two have fled to the West.

Other Chinese sources reported the arrests of an editor and another journalist of the Shanghai-based World Economic Herald, a progressive newspaper that advocated innovative market-oriented reforms.

They said the newspaper in the eastern port city had been brought under the control of the Communist Party's propaganda department.

Also Friday, the leadership of the country's rubber-stamp parliament stripped ousted Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang of his post as vice chairman of the government military commission, his last official remaining position.

The move was a follow-up to Zhao's dismissal announced last weekend from the more powerful party military commission. Zhao was reportedly ousted for refusing to support the military crackdown. The vote against him by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress was not unanimous, the Xinhua news agency said.

The Communist Party newspaper People's Daily published an attack made by a Standing Committee member on another member, the newspaper's former publisher, for having attempted last month to mount a bid to oust Premier Li Peng.

The published attack signaled that the liberal former publisher, Hu Jiwei, will likely be ousted from the committee, sources said.

Chen announced the new casualty figures for the Beijing insurrection to the Standing Committee, which was meeting for a second day Friday.

In a statement broadcast by national television and carried by Xinhua, he said more than 200 civilians, including 36 students, were killed and in excess of 3,000 were wounded.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in defiance of heavy gunfire to resist the military assault on what the government calls a "counterrevolutionary rebellion" by "criminals" and "thugs."

"During the rebellion, more than 6,000 soldiers and police were wounded and dozens of them died," Chen said.

Chen said the casualties included doctors trying to attend to the wounded and dying but did not disclose the number or whether they were among the injured or killed. Witnesses reported that troops killed and wounded a number of physicians who rushed into the streets to save the lives of civilians.