By The Global Journal | June 5, 2012 - 13:00 GMT
Thousands of people gathered last night (June 4) in Hong Kong for a candlelight vigil of the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Chinese authorities still ban any public discussion around the events surrounding the bloodshed.
The Communist Party considers demonstrations in memory of Tiananmen’s victims a "counter-revolutionary rebellion" and has censored search terms related to the anniversary. "Due to relevant laws, regulations and policies", results do not appear for terms such as "six four", "23", "candle" and "never forget" on Sina Weibo, the most popular Chinese social media platform.
Although the government suppresses any mention of the killings many Chinese exercise their right to call on the government to effectively investigate the violent repression and to arrest those responsible.
Ya Weilin is one of these people. 23 years ago he was at Tienanmen Square where he saw his 22-year-old son killed. Since then, Ya Weilin and his wife signed petitions and joined demonstrations calling on the government to give reparations to the victims and their families. Last month, Ya Weilin dramatically exercised a final demonstration by hanging himself in the parking garage below his home. In the note he left to his family he wrote of his son’s death and how the government has ignored his grievances during all these years.
(With Afp) (Photo © AP)
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