Tiananmen Square crackdown

From anger to activism

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 June, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 June, 2003, 12:00am

1989 - Ding Zilin meets Zhang Xianling three months after June 4, and the Tiananmen Mothers network quietly grows

1991 - Li Peng announces victims' names will not be released; Ding speaks to foreign media; the search for victims begins in earnest

1995 - Ding writes to then- president Jiang Zemin demanding a more liberal political environment and urging official reassessment of the June 4 massacre and just treatment of victims

1999 - The Tiananmen Mothers sue government leaders for crimes against humanity and 105 families call for a criminal investigation to establish legal responsibility

2000 - As the National People's Congress meets, families write to leaders demanding dialogue on inquiries into June 4, continuing the effort every year since. The Tiananmen Mothers Campaign is launched in Hong Kong

2002 - The Tiananmen Mothers joins the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances

2003 - The Tiananmen Mothers Campaign petitions the Indian government to account for thousands who have disappeared in Kashmir