Friday, May 15, 2009
Talking about 1989 in Beijing
It is a sensitive and dangerous time, but a group of courageous people held an open symposium in Beijing recently to discuss the 1989 student movement.
The symposium was held five days ago on May 10. It was Mother's Day. The group saluted Tiananmen Mothers and held a moment of silence for the victims of the massacre.
Among the speakers is Zhou Dou, who as one of the hunger strike "Four Gentlemen," played a critical role in negotiating the final withdraw from Tiananmen Square, and Liang Xiaoyan, then a teacher from Beijing Normal University. Most of the speakers and attendees were participants in the movement twenty years ago.