Wang Dan: 21 years ago today, 19 May 1989

663884 王丹写于2010年5月19日:

21年前的今天:凌晨4点,赵紫阳在温家宝陪同下到广场,落泪发表了“我老了,未来是你们的”的讲话。晚上 10点,李鹏宣布戒严,广场指挥部宣布停止绝食,改为静坐。我回到北大营队,准备迎接最残酷的可能。详见我的《广场的最后一夜》(《2009年台湾年度散文》,九歌2009)。

Wang Dan Writes on 19 May 2010:

21 years ago today: At 4 o’clock in the morning, Zhao Ziyang, accompanied by Wen Jiabao, arrived at Tiananmen Square, where he delivered a speech in tears, saying: “I am old and the future is yours.” 10 o’clock that night, Li Peng declared a curfew. The commanding unit at the Square made an announcement to end the hunger strike and to start a sit-in protest. I returned to the Beijing University camp, where I prepared myself to face the most brutal possibility. More details of what happened that day can be found in my book chapter titled “The last night at Tiananmen Square” (collected in the Anthology of Taiwan Essays for 2009, Chiuko Press 2009).

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