Tiananmen and Beyond: After the Massacre

Issue Date Winter 1990
Volume 1
Issue 1
Page Numbers 6-8
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Chinese student leader Wuer Kaixi was well known to foreign observer by the time of the crackdown on prodemocracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square on 4 June 1989. A 21-year-old freshman at Beijing Normal Unilversity, Mr. Wuer led the Beijing University Independent Student Union, the group at the center of the protests. His charisma and assertiveness-typified by his outspoken criticism of Premier Li Peng during a televised meeting in May won him the respect of his fellow students and a place on the Chinese government’s list of 21 mostwanted dissidents. Wuer escaped through Hong Kong to France after the People’s Liberation Army crushed the student demonstrations. He has since become a leader of the Federation for a Democratic China, an umbrella group of prodemocracy Chinese exiles. The following text is based upon remarks presented by Wuer Kaixi in Washington, D.C. on 2 August 1989 at a meeting cosponsored by the Congressional Human Rights Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy.