Saturday, May 2, 2009

This Day in 1989: May 2, Students Submit Petition with Ultimatum

On May 2, 1989, the Beijing Students Autonomous Federation, emboldened by their huge success in the great demonstration of April 27, announced a formal dialogue demand. The demand included twelve comprehensive pre-conditions ranging from the make-up of student delegates, the rank of government officials, the equality of location, speaking time, and the press coverage, etc. It was accompanied by a statement that if the students did not receive an adequate response by noon the next day, they would launch a mass demonstration on May 4, the seventieth anniversary of the historical May Fourth Movement.

Wang Dan, Wang Chaohua, and dozens of delegates to the Federation delivered this ultimatum to government offices in the afternoon, accompanied by many foreign reporters.

Days of 1989

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