Wang Dan writes on 14 May 2010:
21 years ago today: Before dawn, Chen Xitong, Li Tieying and others arrived at Tiananmen Square. They attempted, without success, to urge the students to disperse and leave. At dawn, all universities in Beijing mobilised their students to arrive at the Square to express solidarity and support. The hunger strikers started to organise pickets. In the evening, Yan Mingfu, the Head of the United Front Work Department, invited student representatives of the hunger strikers to meet with him at the United Front Work Headquarter. I represented the hunger strikers to attend. Wang Juntao and other intellectuals had also participated in the meeting. Some said that Yan Mingfu had invited them to come along and act as mediators.