A Call to Arms

The young man on the videotape appeared pale and tired, but his identity was unmistakable. He was Wuer Kaixi, 21, the former Beijing Normal University freshman who emerged as the most charismatic leader during the student uprising in China, then disappeared after the massacre in Tiananmen Square. He evidently spoke from hiding in Hong Kong, where he is believed to have fled in mid-June through Macao. Thanks to an effective underground of sympathizers, only six of the 21 most-wanted student leaders have been apprehended. Wuer's friends say he may go to the U.S. to organize an alliance to continue the struggle.


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