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Over 3,000 Sign Petition to Support Appeal to Change Verdict of Tiananmen Massacre
The Epoch Times
3/26/2004

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A global campaign petition to support Dr. Jiang Yanyong’s appeal letter to memorialize the people who died at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 1989 has over 3,124 signatures. The petition letter posted on a web site on March 7 collected an unprecedented number of signatures within days.

Since Dr. Jiang Yangyong’s appeal letter, “Immersed with Tears of Blood” was published, appeal committee member Tang Boqiao immediately announced their support and publicly circulated the letter to encourage more people to amend the June 4th incident.

The petition to “Correct the June 4th Incident” campaign received support from all social circles, and nearly a 1,000 signatures were collected within 24 hours. Over 20,000 hits were reported in one hour with over 10,000 people on the webpage at the same time. Ms. Ding Zilin, a mother who lost her son at Tiananmen Square on June 4th, signed along with 128 suffering family members. Professor Ding Zilin accepted a committee’s invitation to assemble a committee.

People from all different walks of life signed the petition including peasants, factory workers, businessmen, students, housewives, engineers, teachers, doctors, reporters, editors, artists, composers, financiers, government officials and even soldiers. Many people wrote deeply moving words on the petition.

According to Tang Boqiao, one of the creators of petition said, that the most impressive part of this campaign is that most signatures are from Mainland and Hong Kong, and many people left detailed contact information undaunted by the wrath of the Chinese authorities.

While worldwide the Chinese community supported the petition campaign, the website was allegedly attacked many times by Chinese authorities. According to committee members, this is not the first time the Chinese government has been hostile to their activities. They believe that if they could break through the Internet blockade that many more signatures could be obtained.

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