Silent tribute to victims

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 May, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 May, 1994, 12:00am

A GROUP of overseas Chinese dissidents have called for a three-minute silence on June 4 this year to mark the fifth anniversary of the bloody crackdown of the pro-democracy movement in 1989.

''Please observe a three-minute silence at 12 pm Beijing Time on June 4, 1994, in memory of the victims,'' the dissident intellectuals and student leaders say in their world appeal.

Organisers of the memorial campaign included renowned dissident Fang Lizhi, Zhao Haiqing and Zhang Boli.

They say: ''Our tribute will be held silently. No posters. No slogans. No rallies. No assemblies. This will not violate any existing laws even in the most totalitarian [countries].'' The dissidents said they hoped that the silent tribute would be observed ''on every street, inside every campus, by every family and every corner'' in China and the world.

Zhao said: ''The idea of a silent tribute was mooted a few years ago, but people wanted to have more outspoken actions at that time.

''In order to penetrate into China we have to adopt methods that are more peaceful and rational.''