Wang Dan Writes on 17 May 2010:
21 years ago today: Chinese intellectuals, led by Yan Jiaqi and Bao Zunxin, delivered their “May 17th Declaration”. The declaration made explicit reference to Deng Xiaoping when it said, “The Qing Empire had perished for 76 years, and yet in China we are still ruled by an emperor, an old and muddle-headed dictator, even though he does not wear a crown.” An enormous number of protestors marched to the Square. They arrived as early as 9 o’clock in the morning and stayed till dark. The total number of people would have exceeded one million.