After his indictment on April 23, Henan dissident Yu Shiwen, who has been detained for organizing a June Fourth “public memorial service,” published a reflection from inside the detention center. In it, he expresses how honored he feels to be indicted for the concrete efforts he made in commemorating the victims of June Fourth. He also says he will remain silent during his trial which, in his view, is illegal and a farce.
During the 1989 Democracy Movement, Yu Shiwen was one of the organizers of activities in Guangzhou in support of the Tiananmen protests. After the June Fourth crackdown, Yu Shiwen was detained for one and a half years. In February 2014, Yu Shiwen and his wife, Chen Wei, and others, held a public memorial near Zhao Ziyang's old home, in memory of Zhao Ziyang, Hu Yaobang, and June Fourth victims. In May 2014, the couple was arrested (Chen was later released).