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Testimony of Guo Liying, wife of Yang Ruting

January 31, 1999

Yang Ruting, male, born August 23, 1948, killed at age 41; before his death, he was the deputy department head of the administrative branch of the electrical equipment factory at the Beijing First Machine Tool Plant; he was killed on June 3, struck by bullets in his right arm and lungs; now his ashes are buried at the Beijing Wenquan Cemetery.


Testimony of Guo Liying, wife of Yang Ruting:

On the evening of June 3, 1989, the weather was hot and muggy. At about 11:20 p.m., Ruting bathed, changed into a new white undershirt and a pair of white shorts, put on his slippers and went out to the street entrance to catch a breath of air; because I had to work the next day (Sunday), I went to bed with our child.

Later, I heard gunfire outside, so I got up to look for my husband. I went into the compound, and heard our neighbors say that they just seen Ruting leave by bicycle. I wanted to go look for him, so I walked outside toward the western exit of the alley, got to Zongmao Ertiao, and was warned by the crowd in the street that I shouldn't continue my search, as the gunfire outside was fierce and it would be dangerous to go out. They urged me to go home and wait, and search again at daybreak. The next day, early in the morning, our relatives and I searched many hospitals, and finally, at the exit to the Beijing Children's Hospital, we found his corpse. Ruting was shot in the vicinity of Fuxingmen Overpass. He was struck by two bullets, one in the lungs, the other in the arm; the bullet in his lungs exited through his back and exploded there. After he was shot, he was taken by the people to Beijing Children's Hospital, but he was beyond saving. Now his ashes are buried in the Beijing Wenquan Cemetery.

When my husband was killed, our child was just 11 years old, in his fifth year of primary school (Fendou Elementary School). Ruting's father is elderly and weak and suffered a stroke; he's still in the hospital getting medical treatment.

The heavy burden of life has given me severe high blood pressure and heart disease. With the warmth and help of my co-workers, relatives and friends and with the unselfish help of society at large and overseas students and friends, I've gotten by for ten years. I hope the Chinese government will give us justice.

Guo Liying

 

 

 

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