The 25th anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre is approaching. People who fought for democracy against the military are considered heroes, and are currently a hot topic on Chinese social media and blogs.
Wu Wenjian, a June 4 artist from Beijing, revealed that at least one person is still in jail.
He is Miao Deshun, who was sentenced to death with a 2-year reprieve for throwing a basket at a tank. He resisted transformation in jail even though he was often brutally beaten with electric batons.
Over the last 20 years, many inmates who were issued a death sentence with a reprieve slowly had their sentences reversed or they were released, except for Miao, who has been in prison for 25 years.
“He was arrested on charges of committing arson for throwing a basket at a burning tank, and was sentenced to death with a suspension for two years,” added Wu.
Wu told Apple Daily’s reporter: “According to Miao’s relatives, he is now confined in Beijing’s Yanqing Prison.”
Miao showed strong resistance to the labor reform system in prison and was labeled a die-hard prisoner. Prison guards tortured him with electric batons from time to time. Sometimes, eight prison guards beat him with electric batons at the same time, but Miao just silently held his head with his hands. Inmate friends called him “Hero Miao.”