Date
22 August 2017
The number of people who came to the Tiananmen Mothers gathering this year was fewer than before as old age prevented many from attending. Rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (inset) donated money for the group. Photos: Tiananmenmother.org, Reuters
The number of people who came to the Tiananmen Mothers gathering this year was fewer than before as old age prevented many from attending. Rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (inset) donated money for the group. Photos: Tiananmenmother.org, Reuters

Detained rights lawyer donates fund for Tiananmen Mothers

Human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who has been detained in Beijing since May last year, has donated an unspecified amount of money for families of victims of the bloody crackdown on students in Tiananmen Square in 1989, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

A political pressure group called Tiananmen Mothers holds a gathering every year before the Lunar New Year to secure financial support from donors.

Ding Zilin, former philosophy professor of the People’s University of China and leader of the group, announced Pu’s donation during the gathering.

She told Ming Pao the number of people attending this year’s gathering was clearly fewer than before, mainly because many members have become too frail or died.

She also said Pu was outspoken in his beliefs, but he definitely had no intention to foment trouble or incite subversion as he has been accused of.

Pu was arrested on May 7 after he attended a seminar leading up to the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown.

He has been charged with provoking trouble, inciting racial hatred and inciting a split of the state. His case is under prosecution.

Ding said many members of Tiananmen victims’ families have been placed under house arrest or asked to leave Beijing. Nonetheless, she pledged to pursue the fight against government suppression.

Meanwhile, Xu Youyu, a renowned scholar in philosophy and a pro-democracy activist, has donated his US$75,000 human rights prize to the group, the report said. Xu was awarded Sweden’s Olof Palme Prize last year.

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