More Than 20 Veterans Behind Bars, 28 Years After Tiananmen Massacre

More than ten people in Changsha, the capital of the central province of Hunan, were contacted by police after they held an event commemorating the June 4, 1989 crackdown, May 27, 2017. China Rights Observer

Twenty-eight years after People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops put an end to weeks of student-led pro-democracy protests on Tiananmen Square with tanks and machine guns, more than 20 dissidents remain in jail for campaigning over the massacre, rights activists said ahead of Sunday’s anniversary.

Those who participated in the nationwide democracy movement have since been persecuted for their subsequent involvement in human rights activism or campaigns for constitutional government, including 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and writer Liu Xiaobo, veteran journalist Gao Yu and rights activist Guo Feixiong, the overseas-based China Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) network said on Wednesday.

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