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Former 1989 Student Leader Calls On Beijing Allow Him to Attend Mother’s Funeral




c7ce5d0a-6e6b-4ad1-877a-b9e59ea46c8aFormer Tiananmen student protest leader Xiong Yan has called on the ruling Chinese Communist Party to allow him to return home to bury his mother.

Xiong, 50, was briefly detained at Hong Kong’s border with China in April when he tried to visit his then terminally ill mother.

His plight mirrors that of dozens of exiled Continue reading

Former 1989 Student Leader Stopped at Hong Kong Border With China


image (21)Xiong Yan (L) and Chai Ling (R) in a Tiananmen discussion hosted by RFA’s Mandarin service, June 4, 2010.
Former Tiananmen student protest leader Xiong Yan was briefly detained at Hong Kong’s border with China on Thursday before being put on a flight back to the United States, as authorities thwarted an attempt to visit his terminally ill mother, friends and supporters told RFA’s Mandarin Service. Continue reading

Tiananmen Protester’s Plea to China: Let Me See My Dying Mother

17sino-yan-articleLargeBy PATRICK BOEHLER April 19, 2015

17sino-xiong02-articleInlineXiong Yan, center, one of the leaders of the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, at a march in Hong Kong in 2009 marking the 20th anniversary of the protests and their suppression by the military.
Kin Cheung/Associated Press
On June 9, 1992, Xiong Yan embarked on the fishing boat that smuggled him out of China.

The former law student had once been one of China’s most wanted: Continue reading