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    Hong Kong Protesters Demand Independent Investigation into Li Wanyang Death


    by NTDTelevision

    On Sunday, dozens of demonstrators in Hong Kong voiced their anger against a recently released official report on the suspicious death of Chinese dissident Li Wangyang. They are demanding an independent inquiry into the case.

    The report says that the blind, deaf, and nearly immobile activist hanged himself with a bed sheet.

    Li was released a year ago after more than 22 years in jail for his role in the June 4, 1989, pro-democracy protests in Beijing. Shortly after he publicly stated his determination to continue his activism, Li was found dead in a hospital room. Authorities said his death was suicide, but his family suspected foul play.

    Protesters also demanded the release of Li's sister, Li Wangling, and brother-in-law, Zhao Baozhu, both of whom the activists say have disappeared since Li's death.

    Hunan police produced a written note from both Li's sister and brother-in-law saying they accepted the official report, but activists said the letter could have been forged.

    Protest organizer Li Cheuk-yan, who heads the pro-democracy Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, said they were demanding an independent investigation into the case.

    [Li Cheuk-yan, Protest Organizer]:
    "They're trying to presume that that's a suicide and try to prove it with lies and with incomplete evidence. So I think they are desperate in trying to convince the people of Hong Kong that it's a suicide. But we don't accept that. And we don't trust the whole report. We're demanding for independent inquiry."

    Li said the group would file complaints to the United Nation's Special Rapporteur regarding the case.

    [Li Cheuk-yan, Protest Organizer]:
    "And we will also go to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Special Rapporteur on Forced [Enforced] Disappearance to demand for intervention into this case to see whether Li Wangyang was tortured to death and also whereabouts of Li Wangling, the sister of Li Wangyang."

    Li's death triggered a protest with thousands of people in Hong Kong in mid-June.

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