Wang Dan writes on 12 May 2010:
21 years ago today: I chaired the 17th Democracy Salon at Beijing University in the afternoon. The event was held on the lawn under the statue of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. A historian, the late Mr Bao Zunxin, was invited to give a Memorial Lecture on the May Fourth Movement. “The April 27th student protest,” according to Bao, “would be one of the most relished days in the history of the People’s Republic of China. It was larger in scale and more influential than the May Fourth Movement.” He also expressed, for the first time, his wish to see “public intellectuals joining hands with the students”.