In the early morning of April 18, 1989, hundreds of students from Peking University gathered around the Monument to People's Heroes at Tiananmen Square. They had spent the previous night there guarding the wreaths and flowers dedicated to the newly deceased Hu Yaobang. Wang Dan, Guo Haifeng, Li Jinjin, and Zhang Boli were all among the crowd. They proposed to draft a formal petition to the government.
After much discussion, a "Seven-Point Petition" was drafted:
- Reevaluate and praise Hu Yaobang's contributions
- Negate the previous anti-"spiritual pollution" and anti-"Bourgeois Liberation" movements
- Allow unofficial press and freedom of speech
- Publish government leaders' income and holdings
- Abolish the "Beijing Ten-Points" [restricting public assembly and demonstrations]
- Increase education funding and enhance the compensation for intellectuals
- Report this movement faithfully
On April 22, at the end of the state funeral for Hu Yaobang, three students made the most dramatic scene of kneeling down at the steps of the Great Hall of People and lifting a copy of the Seven-Point Petition over their head.
Documents of 1989
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