Wednesday, June 1, 2011

China offers compensation to victims of Tiananmen

For the first time since 1989, Chinese authorities have moved tab on the Tiananmen massacre. The Government argues financial compensation to the families of the victims. The Tiananmen Mothers group has called the initiative of inappropriate and meaningless and lament the lack of apology from the military repression.

The Tiananmen Mothers group, which represents the families of the victims who died on June 4, 1989 around the central square in Beijing by the army, said yesterday that Chinese authorities had contacted them to compensate for the loss of their children in that military repression. The massacre resulted in the deaths of between 400 and 2,000 people, according to different versions, to claim political freedoms and an end to corruption in the country's most symbolic square.

The proposal came to them through a public security officials who met twice with the families of the victims, says this group of 127 women in a letter published yesterday. In the first meeting in February, there was only an exchange of views. In the second, in April, "just asked how much they had to pay," says the letter, which states that the visitors did not speak to apologize, clarify the truth, to open a criminal investigation or give an explanation for each victim.

According to some sources, this offer would be individuals and not for the whole group of families of Tiananmen Mothers. Relatives of victims also criticize the way they did this first contact with the government. This group has investigated and documented the deaths of 203 people in that slaughter committed by the Chinese army, describes the initiative as "inappropriate and meaningless." The steps taken by Beijing may be interpreted, however, as part of a long-term strategy.

For the communist regime would try to find the way to solve a spot in the recent history of China. A solution to end criticism from Western Europe and U.S. force. UU. lifting the arms embargo on China maintained from the slaughter on the grounds that it violates the fundamental rights of its citizens, thereby allowing Beijing to play the role of second world power without constraints.

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