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Today in History: Seven Demands

Hu Yaobang’s death on 15 April triggered student protests in Beijing in 1989. Many wall posters appeared in universities campuses, to mourn Hu Yaobang’s death and promote democracy. In the afternoon on 17 April, hundreds of teachers and students from China University of Political Science and Law marched to Tiananmen, to mourn Hu Yaobang’s death. In the evening in the same day, thousands of students from Beijing University and People University marched to Tiananmen and around 300 university students around at 3.30am on 18 April continued to stage a sit-in in front of the People’s Congress, to submit the Seven-Point Demands ( roughly translate into English ):

1. Reevaluate Hu Yaobang and his achievements, Affirm as correct Hu Yaobang's views on democracy freedom and tolerance;2. Renounce the Anti-Bourgeois Liberalization campaign and the Anti-Spiritual Pollution Campaign;3. Freedom of Press and Freedom of speech, Permit citizens to publish independent newspapers;4. Publicize the income of the Party-State leaders and their family members;5. Rescind the Beijing municipal government's "Ten Provisional Articles Regulating Public Marches and Demonstrations";6. Increase budget for education and raise intellectuals' salary;7. Report the student movement objectively.In Chinese

  一、重新评价胡耀邦是否功过,肯定胡耀邦倡导的三宽政策:肯定民主自由宽松的观点   二、彻底否定『反資產階級自由化』和『反精神污染運動』,为这两次運動受迫害的公民平反   三、新聞和言論自由,允许民间办报   四、公布党和国家领导人及其家屬的財產   五、取消北京市政府违宪遊行十條   六、增加教育經費,改善知識份子待遇   七、如實報道此次活动 

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