Written by Diane Gatterdam
Hu Yaobang’s family, intellectuals, elites, and students demanded that the government reinstate Hu’s good reputation after his fall from grace in 1987 when he was forced to take responsibility for a student movement in 1986.
Hu was one of the few in the Communist Party who had any democratic ideas. He had genuine concern for the students and the plight of the PEOPLE.
These are some eye witness account from Tiananmen Square April 16th 1989:
“I gave my first speech on April 16th in Tianammen Square. It was very short – lasting only a couple of minutes – about the problems of the Chinese educational system. I told my audience that during vacations I had traveled all over China to conduct research. I studied the situation of Chinese education quite extensively and found that the root of the problem lay in the socioeconomic system. Forty years after the establishment of the Communist Government, education was still backward, because educational problems were rooted in the system and there could be no improvement until the system was changed.”
Wu’er Kaixi- Student leader and hero
“On Sunday April 16 I went to Tiananmen Square. Someone had already put large wreaths there. The monument was surrounded by metal chains. Nobody was supposed to get inside, and I didn’t see any white paper flowers.
In front, I saw two policemen carrying pistols, their eyes on the crowd. I also saw some undercover police on the side speaking into walkie-talkies.”
Lao Gui – popular novelist now living in exile