The sister of the late mainland Tiananmen activist Li Wangyang has thanked Hong Kong people for continuing to demand justice for Tiananmen Massacre victims after 29 years.

Li Wangyang, a workers’ rights activist from Shaoyang, was jailed for 22 years after taking part in the 1989 democracy movement. He was blind and deaf when he was released from jail. The mysterious circumstances surrounding his death in 2012 further made him a symbol of injustice under the Chinese government.

Li Wangling. Photo: HKCTU.

The pro-democracy Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) published a short video of Li’s sister Li Wangling on the anniversary of the massacre on Monday. Li Wangling has been followed, monitored and harassed by mainland authorities ever since her brother’s death in 2012, according to the HKCTU.



Posted by 職工盟(HKCTU) on Sunday, 3 June 2018

In the video, Li sports a black t-shirt with the Chinese national anthem’s first line – “Arise! All those who don’t want to be slaves!” – printed on it. Li called for the vindication of those who were killed in the massacre.

“I thank Hong Kong compatriots very much for persisting in seeking justice for the victims of June 4th,” she said. “I thank Hong Kong compatriots very much for their concern and support for the civil rights movement in the mainland.”

“Hong Kong, let us fight on together,” she said.

The HKCTU also published a short video of Yin Zhengan, a close friend of Li Wangyang. He bowed twice to thank Hong Kong people for demanding justice for the victims.


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In May 2012, Li Wangyang was interviewed by Hong Kong’s i-Cable television network, whose reporters asked questions by writing words onto his palm and thigh. The interview was broadcast ahead of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre that year.

Shortly afterwards, on June 6, Li was found dead in a hospital room where he was receiving treatment. A white cloth hanging from the window was tied around his neck, while his feet were still touching the ground, his brother-in-law said at the time. Officials said he had committed suicide and cremated his body.

The incident sparked protests in Hong Kong as many believed the “suicide” was staged.

Last year, Li Wangling told Ming Pao that she needed to stay alive in order to witness democracy in China on behalf of her brother.

“I will never commit suicide,” she said.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.