Death of mother of Tiananmen student leader calls for lifting of entry ban – Radio Free Asia

Human rights activists call on Chinese authorities to allow dissidents exiled in their homes to visit sick relatives, after a former leader of the 1989 student-led democracy movement in Tiananmen Square announced the death of his mother from the United States.

Wang Dan, a former leader of the 1989 student-led democracy movement in China, announced his mother Wang Lingyun’s death on Monday through his social media accounts.

“The person who loves me the most in this world, the person I loved the most in this world, my mother Wang Lingyun, died in hospital on December 28, 2021 Beijing time after trying to kill her. revive following a sudden brain hemorrhage – unsuccessfully, “Wang wrote on her Facebook page. “She was 86 years old.”

In a eulogy to her mother, Wang said she had a happy life as a historian in a national museum after graduating in history from Peking University.

“His life would have been very peaceful without me, who became a wanted man after the events of June 1989.”

He said that Wang Lingyun had been detained for days while the authorities searched for him, injuring her legs while in detention, leaving her with a severe lameness.

“She tried to save me, to protect me,” Wang wrote. “She endured my grief, protested courageously against the authorities, spoke to the rest of the world for me, all in the face of enormous government pressure.”

“I am the least devoted son in the whole world, to let my mother carry such a burden for me,” Wang wrote. “In my mother’s last years, her biggest wish was that I could come back to Beijing to be with her, but in the end, she couldn’t wait for me.”

“This blood is on the hands of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),” he wrote. “A pillar of my spiritual world has disappeared.”

Wang said he would put his savings into the Wang Lingyun Humanitarian Relief Fund “to help the families of other political prisoners who have experienced the kind of suffering my mother endured.”

His fellow student leader from 1989, Xiong Yan, who also lives in the United States, said he had a similar experience when his mother passed away.

“It was so painful to read the news of the death of Wang Dan’s mother,” Xiong said. “I immediately thought about my own mother’s death and how I couldn’t go back [to see her]. “

“They never gave me a reason, or even said somehow if I could go, but in the end it wasn’t possible,” he said.

Xiong’s mother died after spending years trying to get a visa to visit her in central Hunan Province, writing open letters to CCP leader Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

You Weijie, spokesperson for the Tiananmen Mothers Victims Group, called on the Chinese government to relax the 1989 travel ban on exiles and allow them to return home for a visit.

“From a humanitarian point of view, I hope the government relaxes the ban,” You told RFA.

“I think if your mother dies and you are not allowed to come back to see her, it will be a matter of deep and permanent regret.”

Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.

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