Ding Zilin

Commemorations of June 4 Influenced by COVID, U.S. Protests

On the 31st anniversary of the June 4, 1989 military crackdown around Tiananmen Square, much of the world was focused on other topics, notably the COVID-19 pandemic and anti-racism protests in the United States. But within...

Sensitive Words: June 4th

“Internet Maintenance Day” has come again. As in previous years, Weibo is attempting...

Tiananmen Father Hangs Himself in Protest

Ya Weilin, the 73-year-old father of a man shot in the head during the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, hanged himself in Beijing last week in protest at the government’s failure to recognise the issue. From the Associated Press:...

Fighting For Victims Of Tiananmen

From Toronto Star: His portrait hangs on the living room wall, where he is forever smiling, sturdy – and 17. His ashes are kept in a wooden cabinet just below. On it, his father has inscribed: “In these short 17 years, you...

It Could Have Been Me

From New Statesman: Fifteen years ago my son Stephen was murdered. To lose one’s child is a devastating blow from which a mother can never fully recover. And to lose one’s child as a result of a violent attack...

Chinese Mothers Remember Crackdown

From Reuters, via Yahoo News: Mothers of those killed in China’s 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests have joined the list of groups invoking this summer’s Beijing Olympics to draw attention to their causes. In...

‘One World, One Dream’ – Washington Post editorial

From Washington Post: On Wednesday, China celebrated the beginning of its one-year countdown to the Beijing Olympics. Festivities and fireworks animated Tiananmen Square, a gathering place known also for its bloody memories. A...

China’s Gaping Wound – Jonathan Mirsky

From New Statesman: The Tiananmen Square killings of 3-4 June 1989 remain the most sensitive political issue in China and the Chinese government never lets the population forget it. According to Amnesty International, at least 200 Tiananmen demonstrators detained in June 1989 remain behind bars, and even to mention the name “Tiananmen” on China’s tightly […]

Mothers of Tianamen Square demand justice – VOA

From VOA News: Tianamen Mothers demand truth of the 1989 massacre in Beijing: an open letter to the Chinese government asks for an open debate on the subject at next week’s annual meeting of the National People’s Congress. In an open letter released by Human Rights in China the Tiananmen Mothers, a group of relatives […]

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