Farewell moms and dads, please forgive us. Your children cannot have loyalty to our country and filial piety to you at the same time.
Farewell fellow countrymen, please permit us to repay our country in the only way left to us. The pledge that is delivered by death will one day clear the sky of our republic.
The reasons of our hunger strike are: first, to protest the cold and apathetic attitude of our government towards the students' strike; second, to protest the delay of our higher learning; and third, to protest the government's continuous distortions in its reporting of this patriotic and democratic movement of students, and their labeling it as "chaotic disturbance."
The demands from the hunger strikers are: first, on equal basis, the government should immediately conduct concrete and substantial dialogues with the delegation of Beijing institutes of higher learning. Second, the government should give this movement a correct name, a fair and unbiased assessment, and should affirm that this is a patriotic and democratic students' movement.
The date for the hunger strike is 2:00 P.M., May 13; location, Tiananmen Square.
This is not a chaotic disturbance. Its name should be immediately rectified. Immediate dialogue! No more delays! Hunger strike for the people! We have no choice. We appeal to world opinion to support us. We appeal to all democratic forces to support us.
Zhao Ziyang Meets Mikhail Gorbachev
Source: Beijing Television Service, May 16, 1989; FBIS, May 17, pp. 13-15.
[Announcer-read report with video on meeting between General Secretary Zhao Ziyang and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.]
[Video opens with the caption: "Important News," followed by shots of Zhao and Gorbachev speaking through interpreters.] General Secretaries Zhao Ziyang and Mikhail Gorbachev held a friendly meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse at 1740 [0840 GMT] today.
Gorbachev expressed great pleasure at meeting with Zhao Ziyang. He said: