Protestors to Mark the 23rd Anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre | Countdown for China | 3 Jun 2012 | Amnesty International UK

Protestors to Mark the 23rd Anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre

On Monday the 4th of June, 8pm-10pm, 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. The commemoration will highlight the fact that there are still people who remain in prison for participating in the 1989 protests.

The commemoration will also mourn the recent death of Ya Weilin, a key member of the Tiananmen Mothers who committed suicide on 25 May at the age of 73. Mr Ya’s younger son was shot in the head by martial law troops in Beijing in the evening of 3 June 1989 and later died in the hospital. Tiananmen Mothers’ obituary states that Mr Ya ‘was in despair after enduring more than 20 years of grief without any redress and had decided to protest with his own death’.

On the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, we repeat our demands: the truth of the massacre, the prosecution of those responsible, an end to the autocratic rule of the Chinese Communist Party, the guarantee of human rights, and the democratisation of China!

Time: 8pm – 10pm

Location: Opposite the Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL. Stations: Regent's Park, Great Portland Street or Oxford Circus.

 

Available for interviews:

WONG Sum-Lung:  44 (0) 7825 561 360

 Stephen Lui:  44 (0) 7958327588

Lucy Jin: 44 (0) 7766448248

SHAO Jiang: 44 (0) 7961948852

 

 

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