Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a full transcript of a roundtable held by Ding Zilin and more than 20 other members of the Tiananmen Mothers to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the violent crackdown on unarmed protesters in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. During the roundtable discussion, held on May 24 and 26, members of the group expressed their opinions and requests as an alternative to their previous open letters to the central government. On request from the Tiananmen Mothers, the full transcript is appended to the Chinese version of this press release. Photographs of the gathering are also appended to this press release.
The roundtable discussion explored several main themes organized in five sections of the transcript:
"In the model plays of the Cultural Revolution, there is a song lyric that goes, 'Hatred in the heart must send forth shoots.' For us, too, hatred sends forth shoots, but the shoots growing from us are not those of revenge, but rather those that seek peace, justice and tranquility."
HRIC fully supports the calls of the Tiananmen Mothers for a reasonable, peaceful and gradual resolution of the June 4th issue, and urges the international community to continue to express its support and concern for the group. "A truly harmonious society cannot be built on past injustices," said Sharon Hom, HRIC's Executive Director. As 2008 approaches, HRIC urges the Chinese government to move constructively forward and respond to the demands of its own citizens, the Tiananmen Mothers, for truth, compensation and justice.