Wu'er Kaixi Says, "We Must Face Reality"--China's Democratic Movement Might Retrogress
Source: Ming pao (Enlightenment) ( Hong Kong) ( June 17, 1989): 1, based on interview of June 3; FBIS, June 20, pp. 24-27
The most conspicuous leader of the student movement on the mainland, Wu'er Kaixi, was interviewed by another student movement leader on June 3, one day before the bloody suppression by the troops in Beijing. The tape recording of the interview was broadcast by the ABC Radio Network. The following text of the interview has been compiled from the tape recording for our readers' reference.
In the interview, Wu'er Kaixi talked about his main motives for participating in the student movement, and the development and prospects of the democracy movement.
After the bloody suppression of the democracy movement in the small hours of June 4, the whereabouts of this 21-year-old student of Beijing Normal University are unknown. However, our reporter has learned that he is still alive, having concealed his identity and gone underground.
Q: It seems that the situation in Beijing is fairly dangerous. So I would like to talk with you, and hope that this is not the last opportunity.
Wu'er Kaixi, what are the main motives that drive you to actively participate in the student movement and become its leader? What is your practical experience in this regard?
A: I have been paying attention to democratic developments on the Chinese mainland for many years. I have written some articles, although they have not been published. I buried myself in writing those articles. Now I believe that the current movement will become a great student movement, and that I have my own enthusiasm and capability in this regard. Therefore, I step forward bravely to participate in the student movement, and become its leader.
Q: What is your view on the death of Hu Yaobang?
A: The death of a Communist Party member or of a common person on the mainland must not produce such great repercussions. This matter itself is a problem, that the death of a democratic leader could cause such a great turmoil. This shows that the Chinese people are extremely dissatisfied with the current situation in their country.
Q: What did you expect to get when you first joined the movement?