Father of man killed at Tiananmen Square takes own life

The father of a man killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has hanged himself after two decades of failed attempts to seek government redress.

A support group for parents of victims said 73-year-old Ya Weilin's body was found in an unused underground parking garage below his residential complex.

Zhang Xianling, a member of the group, said Mr Ya killed took his own life out of despair and to protest at the Chinese government's long-standing refusal to address the grievances of the victims' relatives.

His death comes about a week ahead of the anniversary of the night of June 3-4, 1989, when the military crushed the weeks-long, student-led protests, possibly killing thousands of students, activists and ordinary citizens.


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