Mother of June 4 victim detained

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 September, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 September, 1994, 12:00am

DING ZILIN, a Beijing University professor and pro-democracy campaigner, was detained briefly yesterday by state security officials, she said.

Professor Ding, a 58-year-old philosophy lecturer, said she was stopped by plain-clothes officers outside her home at the university around midday and taken to nearby Shuangyushu police station.

'They showed me a state security arrest warrant and accused me of writing articles published overseas that hurt the feelings of some Chinese,' she said.

'They told me that they were watching my residence to protect me from eventual reprisals from these people.' She said she was held for about two hours.

Professor Ding was known to be compiling a list of people who were killed or injured during the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. A second listing - the first was completed a year ago - has been finished and published by a Hong Kong magazine recently.

Her 17-year-old son died in the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989.

Professor Ding, who has a heart problem, and her husband, Jiang Peikun, also a teacher, went on a 48-hour hunger strike in early June to mark the fifth anniversary of the crushing of the student-led pro-democracy movement.

She has also fought for the repeal of a ruling that categorises the victims of Tiananmen Square as 'counter-revolutionaries' and wants a list of all those killed in the massacre.

'For several months, I have been watched round-the-clock by plain-clothes officers who follow me everywhere,' she said.

Yesterday, six to seven men came out of two unmarked vehicles and asked her where she was going, Professor Ding said.