Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily reports that since democracy movement leader Li Wangyang’s bizarre death in Shaoyang, Hunan, the authorities have urged his relatives to cremate Li’s body. However, the relatives have insisted that a detailed autopsy should be carried out in a lawyer’s presence. Li’s relatives and friends have already entrusted Guangzhou lawyer Tang Jingling the handling of the issue on their behalf.
The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, the Civic Party and other concerned groups demonstrated before the Liaison Office of the Central Government yesterday to demand an investigation. Michael Tien Puk-sun, a Hong Kong deputy to the National People’s Congress, said he would write to the central authority to demand an investigation.
As mentioned in my post “Bizarre ‘suicide’ in Hunan of June 4 leader is suspected murder” yesterday, foul play is suspected, as Li was found hanging on a piece of white cloth with his feet on the ground, which proves untrue the authority’s allegation of Li’s suicide. In addition, the authority’s forced removal of Li’s body, and put pressure on Li’s relatives for immediate cremation. This enhanced people’s suspicion of foul play. The incident has now roused international concerns.
The government has put quite a few of Li’s friends under surveillance, and some of them have been taken away for interrogation. As described in my previous post, neither Li’s relatives nor his friends believe that Li died of suicide. The government’s surveillance and control of Li’s friends seemed an attempt to silence them.
Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, says that the Alliance will take initiative to hold another demonstration on Sunday, and that a memorial service will be held at 7:00pm next Wednesday, one week after Li Wangyang’s death.
- Bizarre “suicide” in Hunan of June 4 leader is suspected murder (chinadailymail.com)
- 180,000 mourners in Hong Kong for June 4 remembrance, a new record (chinadailymail.com)
- Chinese dissident Li Wangyang found dead in ‘strange circumstances’ (vancouversun.com)
- Chinese police detain Tiananmen Square veteran’s relatives (guardian.co.uk)