Wang Dan: 21 years ago today, 20 May 1989

Chinese dissident Wang Dan answers questions regarding the consequences of lifting of the European Union embargo on arms sales to China, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, in Taipei, Taiwan. The EU vetoed the cancelation of the arms ban, however, backed by France, China is likely to win gradual support from other EU countries. Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949, but Beijing still claims self-ruled Taiwan to be a part of its own territory and hasn't ruled out military action to reunify. (AP Photo/Jerome Favre) 王丹写于2010年5月20日:

21年前的今天:凌晨开始,成千上万的群众在北京各个路口拦截戒严部队的车辆。香港《文汇 报》在社论版开天窗,上书“痛心疾首”四个大字。包遵信、嚴家其、蘇曉康、王軍濤、沈大德、吳廷嘉, 閔琦、陳小平等发表誓词: “絕不向專制屈服.”

Wang Dan writes on 20 May 2010:

21 years ago today: since midnight, tens of thousands of people had gathered at major intersections in Beijing to intercept vehicles of the martial law troops. Hong Kong based Wenhui Daily left an open space for its editorial column where no other words were printed except four big Chinese characters that read “tongxin jishou” or “bitter disappointment”. Bao Zunxin, Yan Jiaqi, Su Xiaokang, Wang Juntao, Shen Dade, Wu Tingjia, Min Qi, Chen Xiaoping and others made a pledge “not to yield to tyranny”.

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