A factory worker has been released after serving 17 years in jail for setting fire to a military vehicle during the Tiananmen Square democracy protests, he said Thursday.
Zhang Maosheng was 21 in 1989 when he was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve on charges of counterrevolutionary arson. His sentence was commuted to life in prison and then reduced several times for good behavior.
According to the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy, 15,000 people were sentenced to death or jail terms following the government’s crackdown on student demonstrators. At least 200 remain in prison now, the center said in a statement Thursday. [Full Text]