Protestors to Mark the 23rd Anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre
On Monday the 4th of June, 8pm-10pm, around one hundred protesters gathered outside the Chinese Embassy in London to hold a candlelight vigil commemorating victims of the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989.
Protestors read out the names of known victims of the massacre, and mark their names on a street map of Beijing showing the places where most of these victims were killed or the hospitals to which their bodies were taken. The commemoration highlighted the fact that there are still people who remain in prison for participating in the 1989 protests.
The commemoration also mourned the recent death of Ya Weilin, a key member of the Tiananmen Mothers who committed suicide on 25 May at the age of 73. Mr Ya’s younger son was shot in the head by martial law troops in Beijing in the evening of 3 June 1989 and later died in the hospital. Tiananmen Mothers’ obituary states that Mr Ya ‘was in despair after enduring more than 20 years of grief without any redress and had decided to protest with his own death’.
On the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, we repeated our demands: the truth of the massacre, the prosecution of those responsible, an end to the autocratic rule of the Chinese Communist Party, the guarantee of human rights, and the democratisation of China! 调查六四真相，清算
Time: 8pm – 10pm
Location: Opposite the Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL. Stations: Regent's Park, Great Portland Street or Oxford Circus.
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