At approximately 4:45 am, a group of officials headed by General Secretary Zhao Ziyang and Premier Li Peng went to visit the students in Tiananmen Square. Zhao spoke to the students through a megaphone. "Fellow students, we've come too late, sorry. You are correct when you criticise us, but we are not here to plead for your forgiveness." Zhao went on to express his concern for students' health. "You have good intentions, and you want our country to become better... Although the problems you have mentioned will eventually be resolved, things are complicated and there must be a process to resolve the problems." Zhao later promised that the government would not abandon the effort to seek solutions and compromise to the students' demands, and he urged the students to end their fast. Zhao's speech received thunderous applause from the students. The students ended their hunger strike at around 9pm.
Demonstrations escalated elsewhere in China, supporting the students at Tiananmen Square.
There were rumors that Zhao Ziyang had decided to resign from his position, and that martial law will be enacted soon. Military trucks started entering the city, but were stopped by crowds in the suburb.