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“Tiananmen Mother” Ding Zilin and others arrested
The Epoch Times
3/31/2004



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As the UN Human Rights Conference opened in Geneva, Chinese police in Wuxi, Anhui Province arrested Ms. Ding Zilin, a representative for families of victims of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre, according to her husband Mr. Jiang Peikun. Ms. Zhang Xianling and Ms. Huang Jinping, both family members of other victims, were both arrested in Beijing and their homes were searched. The police produced court summons and search warrants.

The latest reports have said that Zhang, after being questioned, is now under detention for the alleged crime of “damaging state security.” It is unclear whether the other two victims were detained or questioned, or whether more family members of massacre victims have been arrested.

On March 25 in Hong Kong, the “Tiananmen Mothers,” for the first time, published video testimonies of the massacre from six victims’ family members. Reportedly, the Tiananmen Mothers also planned to send representatives to submit a report of people missing during the massacre to the UN Human Rights Conference in Geneva. The arrests in China could be linked to the plan.

Chinese dissident writer Liu Xiaobo protested in writing and appealed to the UN Human Rights Conference to monitor the fate of arrested massacre victim family members. Liu wrote that Communist China just added the phrase “the state respects and protects human rights” to the Chinese constitution prior to when the UN Human Rights Conference opened in Geneva. Yet the communists arrested the victim family members without any regard to their own promises and to the UN.

Liu wrote, “The communists are persecuting these three family members for speaking out because their loved ones lost precious lives during the massacre. The family members now have neither their own personal rights nor the right to seek justice for their loved ones.”

After the Chinese leadership meetings, the monitoring of some dissidents has stopped, but the police are still keeping a close watch on Liu’s residence.

According to human rights organizations, Ding is a professor of philosophy in the Chinese People’s University. On June 3 the People’s Liberation Army soldiers killed her only son, 17-year-old Jiang Jielian, in Muxudi, Beijing. Ding became a representative for the Tiananmen Mothers. She has been collecting lists of massacre victims and helping their families. Wang Nan, son of Zhang Xianling, was only 19 yeas old and a high-school sophomore when a PLA bullet killed him in the south end of Nanchang Street on the west side of Tiananmen Square in the morning of June 4, 1989. Yang Yansheng, husband of Huang Jinping, was 30 years old when a dum-dum bullet exploded in his liver and killed him while he was rescuing injured victims in Zhengyi Street at 7:00 a.m., June 4, 1989. Yang was an employee of the Chinese Sports News.

Zhao Dagong, an Epoch Times columnist, said that the authorities are getting more fearful as the 15th anniversary of the June 4 Massacre approaches. Dr. Jiang Yanyong’s letter for reassessing the massacre has been widely circulated and pressure is building up for the government to reevaluate the pro-democracy movement.

Zhao pointed out that the Chinese Communist Party, which has added “protecting human rights” to its constitution, continues to violate human rights and therefore its own constitution.

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