21 years ago today, students in Beijing launched an unusual bicycle demonstration, probably the first of its kind, to call for press freedom. A week prior to this day, on May 4, 1989, about 100,000 students and supporters had staged a successful demonstration on Tiananmen Square to celebrate the 70th anniversary of China’s first student movement. Today, they would enter the square again but on bicycles, many with huge banners and red flags strapped to them. Of an estimated 10,000 bicycle protestors, 5,000 were said to be from Peking University (Beida) and 2,000 from Jiaotong University. On the square, they shouted slogans such as “The People’s Daily is deceiving the people!” Many of the over 1,000 journalists who had signed a petition to the Party Central Committee to call for press freedom the previous day were also present in this demonstration. Read the account of May 10, 1989, by Philip J Cunningham, author of the book Tiananmen Moon, here.