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June Fourth 30th Anniversary (“六四”三十周年)

On This Day — May 12, 1989:Hunger strike debates: In the evening, at Peking University, Chai Ling joins the efforts of students Wang Dan, Wu’er Kaixi, and six others to advocate a hunger strike as a strategy to force the government to listen to the students’ pleas. Students at Peking University in favor of a hunger strike rapidly increase in number from 40 to over 200.

On This Day — May 13, 1989:Hunger strike begins: As a result of the delay in response from the government, hundreds of thousands of students converge on the square to stage a sit-in and hunger strike. The hunger strike begins, eventually drawing over 3,000 participants. Party leaders eventually agree to a dialogue with the students’ Dialogue Delegation on May 14.

See HRIC chronology and resources.

The Tiananmen Massacre, 30 years on – Survivor Q&A: Zhou Fengsuo
Hong Kong Free Press, May 12, 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019
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