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Gao Yu's arrest confirmed by authorities

one month ahead of 25th Tiananmen anniversary

Dissident Gao Yu

Dissident Gao Yu

The Chinese authorities confirmed the arrest of journalist and blogger Gao Yu, who was said to be "missing for four days" by authoritative sources, including her friend, the dissident Teng BIao, on past 29 April. The US daily The New York Times and all main observers think she was "pre-emptively detained" to compel her not to talk to journalists about the upcoming 4 June 2014, 25th anniversary of the crackdown in Tienanmen Square. 

Gao has been jailed many times since 1989 until now, recently from 1993 to 1999, when she was released upon medical parole. She was imprisoned for her articles, first about the 4 June events, later about current political affairs in China (sometimes "in a darkly conspirational manner" notes the NY TImes). She also keeps a fixed column in the German newspaper Deutsche Welle

The reporter was taken to an unknown destination while she was headed to a meeting to commemorate Chen Yizi, a communist leader who had opposed the 1989 massacre. Many scholars and activists are working hard to preserve the memory of that year's events, but on a regular basis on the eve of the anniversary they are arrested "pre-emptively". Therefore it is feared that her arrest will be only "one among the many" arrests foreseen for the near future. 

8 May 2014

Witnesses to truth

trying to stop the villains for a better future

Witnesses play a key role as a genocide case unfolds because they allow for reporting the ongoing crimes and calling for the world powers to stop it.This was made by Armin Wegner back at the beginning of the past centurym during the genocide against the Armenians in Anatolia. He remained unheeded, as was Jan Karski, the courier of the Polish resistance to London and Washington, who did never succeed in forgiving himself for not being able to persuade the "great men of earth" about the need to step in to stop the Shoah.Nonetheless, they both not only advocated international intervention, but also felt the duty to document persecution. They became witnesses beyond the present time, to advocate a better future. Running major personal risks, Wegner shot hundreds pictures, which remain the only exhaustive documentation up to the present day enabling us to counter all attempts to deny the Armenian genocide and to bring justice to the victims.Karski wanted risked his life for he wanted to check personally what was happening in the Warsaw Ghetto and in the Nazi camps to which the Jews where deported, so that he could bear indisputable testimony against the attempt to conceal the evidence of extermination.The writers, poets, intellectuals who dared report the Soviet tyranny depriving people of their freedom and dignity in the USRR were interned in the gulags, where many ot them died of hunger and hardship.

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