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徐勤先 (Xu Qinxian) was a Major General in the Chinese PLA and the commander of the 38th Army during the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. He famously refused an order to forcefully eject the students from the square when martial law was declared and was subsequently stripped of his command and jailed for five years.
Why it is blocked: Xu’s insubordination during the crackdown was not unique among soldiers, many of whom were sympathetic to the protester’s cause. However, his is the most prominent case, though it was not reported on within China.