Ding Zilin

When Ding Zilin heard that her only son, Jiang Jielian, had been killed by government troops on a Beijing street on the night of June 3, 1989, she immediately knew what every other devastated parent knew that night: You are supposed to shut up about it. Your son was part of a "counterrevolutionary riot." The stability of Communist Party rule was at stake. Your son is dead but he, not those who killed him, was at fault. By speaking out, you risk further punishment.

The suppression of the 1989 protests in Beijing caused hundreds of deaths and thousands...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!