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In the lead up to the 25th anniversary of a horrific episode of government-ordered military violence against unarmed civilians, the Chinese authorities have redoubled their efforts—by criminal detention and other means of control—to suppress remembrances of what happened in June 1989. The Tiananmen...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] In the early morning of June 4, 1989, Luan Yiwei was shot in the waist at the intersection of Chang’an Avenue and Nanchizi Street. He died just a day short of his 35th birthday. His wife, Chen Mei ( 陈梅 ) , born in 1956, graduated from Beijing International...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Shi Yan’s ( 石岩 ) father, Shi Feng ( 石峰 ) , was an art consultant and composer for the Dalian Department of Cultural Affairs, Liaoning Province, and is now retired. His mother, Han Shuxiang ( 韩淑香 ), was a surgeon in the Dalian Municipal Central Hospital, and is...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Guo Liying and I went to our last stop in our visits to victims’ families outside of Beijing: the home of Xiong Zhiming’s parents, in Jinxi County, Jiangxi Province. Xiong Zhiming’s father, Xiong Hui ( 熊辉 ), and his mother, Zhang Caifeng ( 张彩凤 ), had visited...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Guo Liying ( 郭丽英 ) and I returned to Wuhan, Hubei Province, after visiting a victim’s family in the city of Xiantao. We then took a bus to Tongshan County, Xianning City in Hubei to visit Mrs. Jin Yaxi ( 金亚喜 ) , whose son Cheng Renxing was killed in the June...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] On our list of victims there is a Dai Jinping ( 戴金平 ) , whose surviving family lives in Xiantao City, Hubei Province. Before we left Beijing, we learned from the brief introduction of Dai Jinping’s family in the registry of survivors and families of victims...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] In the afternoon, on the way back from Kong Weizhen’s house, before even reaching the gate of Wuhan Institute of Technology, Guo Liying and I saw Qi Guoxiang ( 齐国香 ) walking to welcome us. She is a warm-hearted, sincere person who is helpful to others. Being...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] In Wuhan, Hubei Province, before we went to Li Xianyuan’s house we called Mr. Kong Weizhen (孔维真) , a disabled man who lives in Hanyang District in Wuhan, inviting him to come to Li Xianyuan’s house. An hour after we arrived at Li Xianyuan’s house, we heard...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Guo Liying and I continued from Zhengzhou to Wuhan, Hubei Province, on the high-speed train, to visit two families and a survivor. Our hotel in Wuhan was located not far from the home of Li Xianyuan (李显远), our first destination. We planned to visit the second...

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