AFP/File / Catherine Henriette Two city buses block Jianguomen Avenue, the main street to Tiananmen Square, on May 21, 1989, in order to keep military forces out after the Martial Law was proclaimed in Beijing the previous day
AFP/File / Catherine Henriette Two city buses block Jianguomen Avenue, the main street to Tiananmen Square, on May 21, 1989, in order to keep military forces out after the Martial Law was proclaimed in Beijing the previous day

Miao Deshun, 51, is due to be released in October, the Duihua Foundation said, after serving more than 27 years in prison for his involvement in the mass demonstrations that were brutally put down by China’s government.

AFP/File / Catherine Henriette  Two city buses block Jianguomen Avenue, the main street to Tiananmen Square, on May 21, 1989, in order to keep military forces out after the Martial Law was proclaimed in Beijing the previous day
AFP/File / Catherine Henriette
Two city buses block Jianguomen Avenue, the main street to Tiananmen Square, on May 21, 1989, in order to keep military forces out after the Martial Law was proclaimed in Beijing the previous day

Chinese courts originally gave him a suspended death sentence for arson after he and “four coworkers allegedly threw a basket onto a burning tank”, it said.

Commuted to life imprisonment, his prison term was subsequently reduced several times, most recently this year, when authorities shortened it by 11 months for good behaviour.

“People who served sentences with him in the 1990s remember him as a very thin man who refused to admit wrongdoing and participate in prison labour”, the statement said, noting that he had spent time in solitary confinement and been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

In 2013, Duihua said that China had released Jiang Yaqun, then 73 and thought to be the last prisoner convicted of counter-revolutionary offences in relation to the protests.

Chinese troops killed hundreds of unarmed civilians during the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, by some estimates more than 1,000.

Source; Beijing (AFP)

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