Sunday, October 16, 2016

China set to free last Tiananmen prisoner

China has just released the final prisoner from the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident.  Miao Deshun, a 24 year old factory worker at the time, was charged with arson for throwing a basket into a burning tank.  Initially Deshun faced a delayed death sentence for his actions but over time it was reduced to life imprisonment and finally a 20 year sentence which came to a close on the 15th of this month.  Deshun will be living with limited rights for 7 years, which take away his right to vote, run for public office, and free speech.

Chris Buechner

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