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A Conversation with Dr. Wang Dan: Student Leader, Tiananmen Square, 1989

Recorded on June 2, 2009

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Speaking of the student leaders who faced down Chinese authorities in 1989, Time magazine described Wang Dan as "the most famous of them all. It was he who, as a 20-year-old student from Peking University, topped the list of most wanted 'counterrevolutionaries' Beijing published after June 4, 1989. Even now, as the Tiananmen veterans splinter into factions of recrimination and guilt, Wang Dan has maintained an integrity that perhaps no other top dissident enjoys. Many spent years in jail, as did Wang Dan (nearly a decade), but no one is more a symbol of the crushed democracy movement than this singularly uncrushed individual."
Please join us as we discuss with Dr. Wang the critical events of 1989 and the future of liberty in China.