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Open Letter: Time Waits for No One

February 28, 2011

Time Waits for No One: Continuing to Delay Solving the“June Fourth” Problem is a Crime Against the Future Generations of our Country
-- An Open Letter to the 4th Plenary Session of the 11th Annual National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Consultative Committee

This is the twelfth time since 1995 that Ding and members of the Tiananmen Mothers have written to the NPC and CPPCC asking for a solution to the “June Fourth” problem. The open letter states that 22 years have passed and the NPC, the most powerful institution, continues to not discuss or examine the massacre. However, the group says, “Historical debts must still be paid; what this generation does not pay the next one must. This is an unmovable principle.” The open letter reiterates the appeal over all these years – truth, compensation, and accountability – and requests that the NPC use legislative and judicial means to solve the “June Fourth” problem. In conclusion, the open letter asks: “Ten years have gone by, twenty years have gone by, do we need to wait thirty, fifty years …?”