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Yu Zhuos death

Yu Zhuo was  a leading student activist in 1989 pro democracy movement in Wuhan city, Hubei Province. He was released after serving three year-prison. On 18 December 1997, he disappeared in Shenzheng city, Guangdong province. After their one week search, Yu Zhuos family and friends found his body in a hospital.

The hospital, according to police order, burnt his body the next day. His body was covered with burns from electric baton shocks. Shi Qianying, a public security officer charged with surveillance of Yu Zhuo, was the last person who stayed with Yu Zhuo before Yu Zhuos death. He failed to inform Yu Zhuos family on Yu Zhuo death. By chance, Yu Zhuos family phoned the police. The police official told Yu Zhuos family that he had been in Yu's vehicle during the car accident that resulted in Yu Zhuos death. According to the policeman, he escaped the accident without injuries. Since then, Yu Zhuos family and his friends were unable to contact this policeman. Many citizens and human rights organisations also called on full investigations into the circumstances of Yu Zhuo's death. All official media in mainland China have been extremely quiet on that story. For more information you can read the article Yu Zhuo on the Human Rights In China website

Yu Zhuo was the first person who died for unknown reason due to involvement in 1989 pro democracy movement after Tiananmen Massacre. The officials and official organizations below are charged with Yu Zhuos death.

  • Shi Qianying,  a public security officer charged with surveillance of Yu Zhuo, and the last person who was with Yu Zhuo before he died
  • Luo Gan, Political and Legislative Affairs Committee secretary of the CCP
  • Shenzhen City Public Security Bureau
  • Ministry of Public Security of P R China
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