The 24th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre
On Tuesday the 4th of June, 7pm-9pm, protestors will gather outside the Chinese Embassy in London to hold a candlelight vigil commemorating victims of the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989. Protestors will read out the names of known victims of the massacre, and mark their names on a street map of Beijing showing the places where most of these victims were killed or the hospitals to which their bodies were taken.
Several Tiananmen prisoners including Miao Deshun (苗德顺), Chen Yong (陈勇), Luan Jikui (栾吉奎), Deng Wenbin(邓文斌), Sun Guanghu(孙广虎) and Yu Rong(余蓉) are still believed to be incarcerated. Thousands of Chinese were detained after the pro-democracy movement. Some of them, after going to prison more than two decades ago, returned to activism after they were released and have been subsequently jailed, repeatedly in some cases, and are in prison today. Chinese courts have reserved some of the harshest sentences on political charges to pro-democracy advocates from the 1989 era, including Nobel laureate laureate Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), Chen Wei (陈卫), Chen Xi (陈西), Liu Xianbin (刘贤斌), Yang Tianshui (杨天水), Xu Wanping (许万平), Zhu Yufu (朱虞夫), Xie Changfa (谢长发), Shi Tao (师涛), and Li Bifeng (李必丰). Li Wangyang (李旺阳), a worker activist in the 1989 pro-Democracy Movement, released after 22 years imprisonment, died in highly suspicious circumstances on 6 June 2012.
The Chinese regime has continued to suppress the truth about what happened 24 years ago. Activists nationwide are facing heightened restrictions on movement as police have been mobilized to prevent public memorializing of the victims and calls for accountability of the massacre.
On the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, we repeat our demands: investigation into the truth of the massacre, prosecution of those responsible, an end to the authoritarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party, guarantee of human rights, and democratization of China!
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Opposite the Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL. Nearest tube stations: Regent's Park, Great Portland Street or Oxford Circus.
Available for interviews:
Stephen Lui: 44 (0) 7789037370
WONG Sum-Lung: 44 (0) 7825 561 360
SHAO Jiang: 44 (0) 7961948852
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