A student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen protests in Beijing approached the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C. on Friday in a bid to be allowed to return to China. He was ignored by embassy staff. Wu’er Kaixi concluded the protest visit by reading a personal statement expressing his hope to be able to return to China and spend time with his elderly parents.
Wu’er said that his “effort and fight to go back home will never stop.”
It was the former student activist’s third attempt to approach the Chinese regime to be allowed to return home to China. Before the anniversary of the June 4 incident in 2009, Wu approached the Communist Party’s Liaison Office in Macau and was deported. Again on June 4, 2010, he demanded a dialogue with the regime at the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo. After he jumped over the iron fence in front of the embassy he was arrested by Japanese police.
In 2011, Wu’er’s entry to Hong Kong was denied as he planned to attend the funeral of Szeto Wah, a prominent political figure of Hong Kong. In a statement published on his official website regarding the issue, he addressed his previous two attempts to approach the Chinese government.
“After I tried to return to China using the form of surrendering, many were shocked to find out that the Chinese government even restricts the overseas travels of my parents and that I have not been able to visit my family for more than 20 years. Many were surprised to see that the Chinese government refused to accept my surrender despite having me on the ‘Wanted List,’” Wu said. “Sometimes we take absurdity indifferently. But even if we do so, we should not take absurdity as natural.”
Recently, as power struggles in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have intensified, signs of a push for democracy have appeared to surface frequently. Specific search terms related to “June 4” appeared to be temporarily lifted on such Chinese search engines by March 20. Redressing persecuted student activists from the Tiananmen protests was also apparently raised by Wen Jiabao in closed-room Party meetings.
In April, 1989, Wu’er, then a student at Beijing Normal University, participated in mass gatherings on Tiananmen Square that called for a democratic reform in China.
Wu’er Kaixi was one of the student leaders that participated in a dialogue with then premier Li Peng. The crowd was violently suppressed with guns and tanks.
Wu left to France shortly after the incident and later studied at Harvard University in the U.S. Presently, he resides in Taiwan and works as a political commentator.
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