Tiananmen Mothers: Endless grief

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The Tiananmen Mothers (Chinese: 天安门母亲) is a group of Chinese democracy activists promoting a change in the government’s position over the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and massacre. It is led by Ding Zilin, a retired university professor whose teenage son was shot and killed by government troops during the protests. The group – comprising the parents, friends and relatives of victims of the massacre – formed in September 1989 when Ding, along with her husband Jiang Peikun, met another mother, Zhang Xianling, whose 19-year-old son was also killed on June 4, 1989.[1] As well as campaigning, the group also disseminates information about the events to the public, including through the internet.[1] Currently, the group consists of relatives of 125 individuals killed during the protests.[2] For her efforts, Ding has been hailed as an “advocate for the dead”.[3]

Prior to June 1989, Ding Zilin was a Philosophy professor at the People’s University and a member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). On June 3, 1989, her 17-year-old son Jiang Jielian was killed on his way to Tiananmen Square. Ding launched a one-woman campaign to establish what had happened to her son and those who were killed that night.[5] The government had put her under surveillance and Ding experienced harassment as she met with other victims families.[5] Describing the organisation, Ding announced that the group were “a common group of citizens brought together by a shared fate and suffering”.[5]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Mothers

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This handout photograph released on May 29, 2019, by the Tiananmen Mothers via Human Rights in China, shows portraits of people who were killed in the June 4, 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Beijing, at a secret meeting in an undisclosed location in China.
Tiananmen Mothers/Human Rights in China/AFP/Getty Images

https://abcnews.go.com/International/tiananmen-square-30th-anniversary-crackdown/story?id=63366441

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