75-Year-Old Professor Beaten as China Prepares for Tiananmen Anniversary

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sun Wenguang (photo: Boxun News)

As the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre approaches, the Chinese government has launched a public relations campaign claiming that the human rights situation China will soon improve. However, actions speak louder than words. Last week, Sun Wenguang, a 75-year-old retired physics professor, was making his annual visit to the grave in Jinan of Zhao Ziyang, a former high-ranking Communist leader who had opposed the use of force to crush the pro-democracy protests in 1989, when he was set upon by four or five men and beaten for ten minutes. He came away with three broken ribs and injuries to his arms, and legs.

Chinese government authorities consider the Tiananmen Massacre a taboo subject. Sun Wenguang, on the other hand, emphasizes the importance to China of restoring “the memory of its history.” He claims he is “happy to sacrifice my life for my ideals.” After all, “in order to fight for democracy, we need to make personal efforts.”
-Vivian Kim, David Wallechinsky
China Rights Activist Beaten in Cemetery (by Sharon LaFraniere, New York Times)


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