Byambajav Amarbayar - Mongolia
We taped the posters from 2am til 5am. At that time, we didn’t have glue, so we would boil some adhesives and carry in our coats. The adhesives would freeze in the winter cold, so it was hard to tape. If we posted our posters during the day, the least that would happen to us is we’d have to spend the evening in police quarters. Once we were all done posting, we said “let’s meet in the morning, let’s see what will be the result,” and we all went home. But in the morning, from 6:30 am – 7 am, 80% of the posters were destroyed. For example, all of the posters that were posted from my home to the bus stop were missing. Only in a few places the posters were still up. Who organized it? How did they find out? We had no idea. This was the period of time when we didn’t even tell our family members, not even mothers and fathers, about the posters. One day, my wife came in and said: “One [Communist] party official came to our work today and said that a bunch of young men and students are posting propaganda posters and creating opposition. You all should be careful.” When I said “I am one of those who posted,” she just laughed.