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    1989 Tiananmen Activist Death Sparks Protests, Safety Fears


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    Several thousand people marched through Hong Kong demanding a thorough investigation into the death of Li Wangyang. Li was a labor activist and Chinese dissident, jailed for 21 years after the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing. He is said to have lost his sight and hearing because of the mistreatment he received while in jail.

    On June 6, he was found dead in a hospital ward in central China—shortly after a television interview with Hong Kong's Cable TV in which he said that he'd never regretted his fight for justice.

    Amnesty International Hong Kong Director, Mabel Au, said it was Hong Kong's responsibility to call for a full investigation into his death.

    [Mabel Au, Amnesty International Hong Kong Director]:
    "The Hong Kong people are really angry because we witnessed how he was interviewed by the TV and he is still saying that he has no regrets for what he did. And his only aim is he wants to have democracy in China."

    Protesters signed a petition calling for a full investigation into his death and paid their respects to Li in a makeshift shrine outside the China Liaison Office, the de facto Chinese embassy in Hong Kong.

    [Jonathan Ngai, Protestor]:
    "I just think it's not acceptable. That's why, I know many Chinese people would not accept this but they can't speak out, so we Hong Kong people have the duty to come and speak out. I don't expect the Chinese people to apologize or do anything. But at least the bottom line for me is that they have to punish whom is responsible for this—I would say—murder."

    After Li was found by family members, apparently hanging by a bandage in his hospital room, security and hospital authorities said that he had committed suicide. His family has disputed this claim,