Wang Dan: 21 years ago today, 13 May 1989

tl_0613 王丹写于2010513日:


Wang Dan writes on 13 May 2010:

21 years ago today: the hunger strike started! Before the Beijing University group departed, young professors such as Qian Liqun treated those who were about to go on a hunger strike to a meal at the Yannanyuan Restaurant. There hang a banner with these words: “Braving howling wind at the bank of the frozen Yi River, we pray for the return of our gallant warriors”. Wu’er Kaixi, Ma Shaofang and I, hand in hand, led the team to depart for the Square. As soon as we arrived there, Wang Chaohua and I represented the hunger strike group and the Independent Student Union to hold a press conference, where we put forward two demands:

  1. Dialogue
  2. Modification to the editorial published on April 26th

That evening, the number of hunger strikers increased to three thousand.

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