Wang Dan: 21 years ago today, 4 May 2010

demo009 王丹写于201054日:

21年前的今天:高自联发起全市高校学生大游行,超过10万名学生参加,二环上都是学生和市民。整整走了一天,腿的感觉完全就是断了,都不知道怎么走回北大的。记得看见柴玲还能又蹦又跳地带着喊口号,印象深刻。今天高自联发表《新五四宣言》,宣布停止罢课。但是在北大,师大等学校引起反弹。

21年前五四游行的口号之一(我走到新华门前临时乱编的):七十年前,北大学生,为了民主,不怕牺牲;七十年后,北大北大,为了民主,还是不怕!(童谣水平,汗!不过当时在新华门前可是惊天动地地重复喊了几十遍,呵呵。)

Wang Dan writes on 4 May 2010:

21 years ago today: the Independent University Student Union launched a massive demonstration. More than 100,000 university students in Beijing had participated. The Second Ring Road was filled with students and other members of the general public. We walked for a whole day until my legs were so tired that I could not even recall how I managed to return to Beijing University. At the end of the day, I remembered Chai Ling was still leading the group, prancing around and shouting slogans. I found it rather impressive. On that day, the Independent University Student Union issued the “New May Fourth Declaration” and called for a return to class and an end to the strike. These, however, were not received favourably by students from Beijing University, Normal University and other institutions.

The following was one of the slogans we used at the May Fourth demonstration 21 years ago (it was one of my improvised creations scrawled down just before we arrived at the Xinhua Gate):

70 years ago, Beida students fought fearlessly for democracy

70 years later, Beida students, still fearless, fight again for democracy

(I know it sounds very much like a nursery rhyme. But, GEE! You couldn’t imagine how many times it had been chanted, repeatedly, in front of the Xinhua Gate.)

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