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    » 06/03/2005, 00.00

    CHINA

    Amnesty: Beijing must face up to Tiananmen massacre



    Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Amnesty International Friday called on the Chinese government to "release all people imprisoned during the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests" and "arrest those responsible for the June 4 massacre".

    "Tiananmen clearly remains very much alive today for the Chinese public and the demands by Chinese citizens for justice continue," the international rights group said in a statement.

    "We reiterate –said also - our call on the Chinese government to conduct an independent inquiry into the killing of unarmed students and demonstrators. Those found responsible should be tried and brought to justice. We also call on the government to release all those who are still imprisoned in connection with the Tiananmen crackdown and who never received fair trials."

    China's communist-led government has taken the position that foreign concerns regarding the crackdown are "outdated", while maintaining that without it China would not have been able to enjoy 16 years of robust economic growth. Officials repeated that position on Thursday.

    During 6 weeks troops of the national army backed by tanks, massacred defenceless protesters. The demonstrators had been calling for democracy and an end to corruption for Chinese society in the streets of the Chinese capital. The death toll of the massacre was never released by the government, but independent international organisations say thousands of people were killed around the square, in side streets and in the days following 4 June.

    "The on-going passion that surrounds the issue in China is clear from the continuous string of detentions of citizens who seek to post information on the internet regarding the dead or missing from 1989," Amnesty said.

    The group listed several Chinese recently jailed for voicing opposition to the government's handling of the protests and also cited the continued harassment of a group of relatives of June 4 victims, known as the Tiananmen Mothers, group composed of 125 families of victims of the disaster in Tiannamen Square on 4 June 1989. The group is led by Ding Zilin.
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    See also

    28/05/2005 CHINA
    Tiananmen Mothers: "Beijng must beg pardon before History"


    02/06/2005 CHINA
    Police watchful ahead of June 4


    29/05/2006 CHINA
    Tiananmen Mothers: government should revise its views about the student movement, punish culprits
    In its annual open letter on the anniversary of the June 4 massacre, the group, led by Ding Zilin, calls on the authorities to revise their views and condemnation of the pro-democracy movement and compensate the victims.

    26/09/2005 CHINA – HONG KONG
    HK pro-democracy lawmakers and Chinese Communist officials talk about Tiananmen
    For the first time since 1989 members of Hong Kong Democratic Party visit Guangdong. A small step towards dialogue, but the "way is still long".

    19/05/2009 CHINA
    Liu Zhihua, the last known prisoner jailed over Tiananmen protest, is freed
    Mr Liu organised a strike to protest the 4 June crackdown in Tiananmen Square. Human rights groups say however that at least 30 more people are still in jail for the same reason despite the fact that the authorities have said nothing about them. By contrast, the latter fear the Mothers of Tiananmen meeting to commemorate the death of their children.



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