Where Are the Tiananmen Leaders Now? (Part 1)

Jun 04, 2011
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Some discovered Jesus, and others wealth and success on Wall Street. A handful are on Twitter where one of them tells of how he was entrapped by his wife, a Chinese undercover spy. Here are the 21 most wanted leaders of the Tiananmen uprising, 22 years later.

In an interview on Voice of America, she recalled how during the uprising of June 1989, ordinary Chinese would offer bread and whatever little they had for the striking students. She also talked about how old men and women tried to protect the students by placing themselves in the way of army vehicles.

Baptised last April, Chai has since become a committed Christian (See video at 12:07) and expressed how she now hopes former Chinese premier Li Peng will one day come to know and accept the love of Jesus Christ.

Chai is now leading a crusade against female infanticide in China, arising from the state's One-Child Policy which led Chinese families to abort less-favoured daughters. She started the organisation All Girls Allowed and led a bi-partisan coalition to sign the Declaration to End Gendercide.

Chai graduated from Peking University and was studying child psychology at the Beijing Normal University at the time of the uprising.


5. Zhou Fengsuo 周锋锁

In 1989 Zhou Fengsuo, then a fourth-year student at Tsinghua University, was sentenced to a year in prison after being turned into the authorities by his sister. His sister was ostracised as a result but in an interview in 2007, Zhou defended his sister. The enormous amount of hate mail she received made her realise the value of what they were doing on Tiananmen in June 1989.


6. Cui Weimin 翟伟民

Cui was imprisoned for 3 ½ years. Persuaded by friends who did not want to the arrests to lead to an exodus, he insisted on not leaving the country after his release. He started his own business and has maintained a low profile since.


7. Liang Qingdun 梁擎墩

Liang was a psychology major at the Beijing Normal University. He is believed to be living in the U.S. According to a Hong Kong pro-democracy site, Liang held a 48-hour hunger strike outside the Chinese embassy in San Francisco, after being denied permission to return to China.


8. Wang Zhengyun 王正云

Then an undergraduate of the Minzu University of China, Wang was arrested in his native Yunnan province in July 1989, imprisoned and freed two years later. He is said to be working now in the provincial capital Kunming.


9. Zheng Xuguang 郑旭光

In 1989 Zheng was a student at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was sentenced to two years' imprisonment, following which he remained in China and continued various activities to promote democracy and human rights. In the 16 years since 1989, he had been jailed three times. He is based in Beijing and works in stocks and investment.  Zheng blogs here.


10. Ma Shaofang 馬少方

Ma was sentenced to three years' imprisonment. He now lives in Shenzhen. In an interview, he cited two things he remembered most about the events of June 4, 1989. The first was the non-violent resistance the students put up, as the soldiers pointed their weapons at their chests. The second was seeing the bullet-ridden body of a child at one of the entrances to the Tiananmen Square.


11. Yang Tao 杨涛

Yang, a student at Beijing University, was arrested and imprisoned for two years. In 1999, he was jailed again on tax-related charges. However there is speculation that he was punished for participating in activities commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Tiananmen Uprising. Yang was freed in 2003.


12. Wang Zhixin 王治新

Wang, from the China University of Political Science and Law, was arrested in December 1989 and released in 1991. He is said to be unemployed in China.


(The remaining ten on the Most Wanted List in Part Two, including the dissidents now serving in the US Army, and the man touted to succeed America's most famous investor Warren Buffet)

dan-chyi chua

Dan-Chyi Chua was a broadcast journalist, before forsaking Goggle Box Glitz for the Open Road. A three-year foray led her through the Middle East, China, SE Asia, Latin America and Cuba, and she's now grounded herself as a writer for theasiamag.com, content with spending her days in Jerusalem.

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