Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
Don’t lose heart – we remember.
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Tania Branigan, The Guardian
June 3, 2009
It is 20 years since Ding Zilin stood by her gate and waited for her son. “What came were students with tattered clothes and dishevelled hair, shouting ‘they are killing people, they are shooting at people,’” she recalled.
“The more we watched, the more terrified and desperate we felt … At about five in the morning we saw a car with a flat wooden board on it and a child’s body on the board. When I saw the body of that child I felt my son’s fate was the same, and he would not come back again.”
Her son, Jiang Jielian, 17, was one of hundreds who died that day, shot dead by the People’s Liberation Army on the streets of Beijing. Some believe the death toll in the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square democracy protests stretches into thousands. But no one knows for sure, and Ding’s attempts to list the dead have resulted in two decades of harassment.