Jiang Yanyong

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Date: 2004

Region: Asia

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Political Dissent


Artist: Dr. Jiang Yanyong and other Chinese dissidents

Confronting Bodies: Chinese government

Dates of Action: June, 2004

Location: Beijing, China

Description of Artwork: Demonstrations and media commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Jiang wrote a letter asking the government to admit wrongdoing in the events of June 4, 1989.

The Incident: Dr. Jiang's daughter, Jiang Rui, became worried when Jiang Yanyong and his wife hadn't been seen for three days. She asked hospital officials, where he works, about his whereabouts and felt that they were acting "evasive." According to the family, officials said, "they are safe...you should not go beyond the authority to whom you report."

Results of Incident: China has placed other dissidents under house arrest and moved some outside of Beijing to prevent protests for the 15th anniversary of Tiananmen Square. Jiang's whereabouts remain unknown.

Source: The New York Times, 6/04/2004