Wang Dan writes on 3 May 2010:
21 years ago today: some university representatives paid a visit to the Petition Bureau at the State Council to ask for a reply to our petition. They were received by the Director of the Bureau Zheng Youmei, who failed to give the students a direct reply. In the afternoon, the Independent University Student Union declared a city-wide demonstration for the next day. Also announced was the establishment of a “dialogue delegation”. Doctoral candidates from all universities were brought together to make preparation for a dialogue with the government on economical, political and educational issues. Xiang Xiaoji from the University of Political Science and Law was appointed leader of the delegation.