Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition News and Article Release Issue: A70-G21



Release Date: June 4, 2004



Topic: The 15th June 4 Memorial Service in Washington DC and Ding ZiLin's Letter to Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars for the occasion



Original Language Version: English (Chinese version at the end)





Washington DC 15th June 4 Commemoration



On June 3, 2004, the Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars (IFCSS) held the 15th June 4 memorial service in front of the Chinese embassy in Washington DC.  Since 1989, the IFCSS had held the June 4 Memorial Service in Washington DC every year.


The president of IFCSS, Mr. Zheng Xing, hosted the event.  More than 100 people attended the Commemoration that included a candle light vigil, speeches, flowers, songs, videos and a photo exhibition of more than 100 pictures from the spring of 1989 democracy movement in China.  A video of the June 4 victims' families' testimony was especially attracting people.


The minority leader of the US House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Democrat), and her aids came for the event and delivered a speech, after a Congressional resolution she co-sponsored with Rep. Chris Cox (Republican) to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre in China had passed in the US House. The Resolution also commemorated the 15th Anniversary of June 4, 1989.  Congresswoman Pelosi has been a long time supporter of China's democracy and human rights movement.


Many Chinese human rights and democracy advocators and supporters joined the event.  Many organizations co-sponsored this event, including the Greater Washington Network for Supporting Democracy in China, Wei Jingsheng Foundation, Taiwanese Benevolent Association of Greater Washington, The Laogai Research Foundation, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, China Support Network, International Committee for Freedom to Support The Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam, etc.


Photo link 1: In Washington DC’s TianAnMen Park, photo Exhibition of 1989 Democracy Movement:



Photo link 2: US House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi delivers speech at IFCSS’ June 4 15th anniversary commemoration:



Photo link 3: Lights of Hope:



Although she was cut off from communication several days before, Ding ZiLin's letter to the IFCSS was delivered to the event.  Ding's son was killed on June 4, 1989.  The following is the letter.


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A Speech at the Commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of the June 4th Massacre, in Washington, D.C.


June 3, 2004


Friends from the Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars,

Friends who are attending this memorial service, Chinese or foreign:


You gather today in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the June 4 Massacre in 1989 and the victims from that massacre. Although I cannot attend your gathering in person today, I am moved and feeling great consolation from you kind concern and support.


The past 15 years have been very long for me personally. When my son died I was 52, still in my prime, but today I am close to 70, stepping into the old age of my life.  From our "Tiananmen Mothers" group, more than a dozen, some older than I was and some younger than I was, have already left us for good. All of them were sorry not to have seen the day of justice for their loved ones before they died. There is indeed no telling whether the surviving mothers and fathers of the victims at my age would live to see that day ourselves. However, since we have stood up, we will not give up and lie down doing nothing again.


About half a month ago, we 40 victim families in Beijing held a solemn service in commemoration of our loved ones at the 15th anniversary. That service was originally scheduled for April 4, one day before QinMin festival when all Chinese commemorate our lost loved ones. However, Ding Zilin, Zhang Xianling and Huang Jinping were arrested by the authorities for ridiculous reasons, and in consequence the scheduled service had to be rescheduled. Many victim families were given stern warnings one day before the rescheduled service but the service turned out to be a success and the attendees double that of the 10th anniversary commemoration service. This attendance demonstrates that the death of our loved one has glued us together.


With 15 years behind us, we can still foresee a long and bumpy road ahead of us. This is a struggle of the weak against the strong. This is a contest between justice and power. This is also a contest between memory and oblivion.  This is a contest decided by time. We have in the past years come across and overcome many difficulties and we expect more are ahead in the days to come, but we will not stop short of our goal of attaining justice for our loved ones.


At this moment, I would like to thank all of you on behalf of all "Tiananmen Mothers". Tiananmen Mothers would not have existed without the broad help and support of Chinese and foreign friends at home and abroad.  Tiananmen Mothers would not have existed without the persistent concern and help from all oversea civilian organizations including IFCSS. We would not have sustained this long without your support.


I also would like to thank all friends in IFCSS on behalf of Ms. Zhang Xianlin and Ms. Huang Jinping and I would like to thank all friends who participated in appealing and helping to get us released. Especially we would like to thank the 71 western university scholars specializing in China for their appeal.  We would not have been released so quickly without your appeal for justice.


The yearning voices of Tiananmen for 15 years still sounds as yesterday and the ideal of Tiananmen is still at our heart.  We have lost the loved ones and lost the joy of being with them and we have lost what a citizen deserves to have. However, the memories of the fine moments are still with us in the bottom of our heart.


I believe the most important in our gathering today to commemorate the death is not to lose the fine ideals of Tiananmen movement. Otherwise, we would still be groping in the dark and there would be no hope for our country.


Thank you.



Ding Zilin, Beijing



(Content credit: The Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars)




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Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition News and Article Release Issue: A70-G21



Release Date: June 4, 2004



Topic: The 15th June 4 Memorial Service in Washington DC and Ding ZiLin's Letter to Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars for the occasion



Original Language Version: English (Chinese version at the end)














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