Skip to content Skip to navigation

Testimony of Liu Xiuchen, mother of Dai Wei

January 31, 1999

Dai Wei, male, born on January 5, 1969 and killed at the age of 20. Before his death he worked as a cook at the Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant. At 11:00 p.m. on the evening of June 3, he was killed en route to work. His ashes have been lain to rest at Changping Cemetery.


Testimony of Liu Xiuchen, mother of Dai Wei:

On the evening of June 3, Dai was headed for the Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant located at Qianmen to work the night shift. While walking by the No. 7 bus line's stop on the western side of the Minorities Hotel, he ran into the martial law troops, who opened fire. The bullet entered through his back and pierced through his chest. He was taken to the Posts Hospital, but efforts to save him failed. He had lost too much blood, and he died shortly before dawn on June 4.

After I learned of my son's killing, I became mentally unstable and paralyzed in my lower body. I had to stay in the hospital for over half a year. After having undergone numerous treatments, I have managed to stay alive but my body is very weak and I suffer from many ailments; my spirits are dim and the wounds inside of me cannot be closed.

At the time his sister Dai Ju had just announced that she would take the entrance exam for the police academy and had already met various requirements. But because of her older brother's situation, she was implicated and was unable to enroll. Later on, she took the exam for No. 32 Middle School, where she was accepted and achieved superior results, performing at the top of her class. But upon graduation, she was assigned to work at her older brother's unit, the Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant, where she simply uses her own labor to earn a living.

Liu Xiuchen

 

 

 

Explore Topics

709 Crackdown Access to Information Access to Justice Administrative Detention All about law Arbitrary Detention
Asset Transparency Bilateral Dialogue Black Jail Book Review Business And Human Rights Censorship
Charter 08 Children Chinese Law Circumvention technology Citizen Activism Citizen Journalists
Citizen Participation Civil Society Commentary Communist Party Of China Constitution Consumer Safety
Contending views Corruption Counterterrorism Courageous Voices Cultural Revolution Culture Matters
Current affairs Cyber Security Daily Challenges Democratic And Political Reform Demolition And Relocation  Dissidents
Education Elections Enforced Disappearance Environment Ethnic Minorities EU-China
Family Planning Farmers Freedom of Association Freedom of Expression Freedom of Press Freedom of Religion
Government Accountability Government regulation Government transparency Hong Kong House Arrest HRIC Translation
Hukou Human Rights Council Human rights developments Illegal Search And Detention Inciting Subversion Of State Power Information Control 
Information technology Information, Communications, Technology (ICT) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) International Human Rights International perspective International Relations
Internet Internet Governance JIansanjiang lawyers' rights defense Judicial Reform June Fourth Kidnapping
Labor Camps Labor Rights Land, Property, Housing Lawyer's rights Lawyers Legal System
Letters from the Mainland Major Event (Environment, Food Safety, Accident, etc.) Mao Zedong Microblogs (Weibo) National People's Congress (NPC) New Citizens Movement
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Olympics One country, two systems Online Activism Open Government Information Personal stories
Police Brutality Political commentary Political Prisoner Politics Prisoner Of Conscience Probing history
Propaganda Protests And Petitions Public Appeal Public Security Racial Discrimination Reeducation-Through-Labor
Rights Defenders Rights Defense Rule Of Law Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Special Topic State compensation
State Secrets State Security Subversion Of State Power Surveillance Technology Thoughts/Theories
Tiananmen Mothers Tibet Torture Typical cases United Nations US-China 
Uyghurs, Uighurs Vulnerable Groups Women Youth Youth Perspective