1989 Participant's Profile: Li Wangyang (李旺阳)
Li Wangyang (李旺阳, 12 November 1950 – 6 June 2012) , worker in a glass factory in Shaoyang, Hunan, published a underground publication, set up a labour union during the Democracy Wall (1978-83). He co-organized the Workers Autonomous Federation in Shaoyang during the 1989 Democracy Movement. Following his role in the Movement, he served twenty-two years in prison on charges of counterrevolutionary propaganda, incitement, and subversion.
On 6 June 2012, one year after his release from prison, and a few days after a television interview in which he continued to call for vindication of the Tiananmen Square protests, Li was found hanged in a hospital room. Shaoyang city authorities initially claimed suicide was the cause of death, but it was revised to 'accidental death' after the autopsy.
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