By The Global Journal | June 1, 2012 - 15:00 GMT
A Chinese activist injured by a tank 23 years ago during the Tiananmen Square protests called upon authorities today (1 June) to deliver long-delayed justice as he arrived in Hong Kong from the US. The Chinese island is the location of the only officially-sanctioned commemoration of the event.
“China has the responsibility to let people know the truth”, said Fang Zheng, a former athlete who had to have his legs amputated as a result of the injuries he sustained. Zheng also called for “the perpetrators to be brought to justice”. A candlelight vigil is expected to draw 150,000 people.
Unlike Zheng, other key dissidents who participated in the Tiananmen protests were denied entry into Hong Kong. Blind activist Chen Guangcheng will address the event through a video link.
Thousands of people are estimated to have died after a six-week protest was crushed violently by the government. The activists were mostly students asking for “pro-democracy reforms”. Beijing still refers to the event as a “counter-revolutionary rebellion”, denying any official wrongdoing.
Zheng’s comments were voiced against the backdrop of the impending publication of a controversial book by former Beijing Mayor, Chen Xitong, who has expressed his regret about his role in the repression.
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