Saturday, March 28, 2015

This Day in 1989: The Democracy Salon Gets Authority's Attention

On March 29, 1989, Wang Dan once again led a session of the Democracy Salon at Peking University as scheduled. However, the invited speaker, President of the Institute of Economy, Jiang Hong (姜洪) failed to show due to interference by the city government. The school also dispatched dozens of security personnel to monitor the salon with cameras.

The salon still took place. Wang Dan read aloud a speech delivered by Hong Kong journalist Xu Simin (徐四民) at the recent meeting of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference instead. The speech called for democratization in Chinese politics and was attracting much attention in Beijing.

This Day in 1989

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