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Tiananmen survivors urge UN to investigate China's 1989 crackdown

Ex-student leader calls for Beijing to compensate families of those killed

Thousands of people take part in a candlelight vigil to mark the 30th anniversary of the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in central Beijing in 1989, at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- Victims and survivors of the Tiananmen crackdown on June 4, 1989, have jointly submitted an official complaint to the United Nations' Human Rights Council, and are demanding an investigation into events.

With the assistance of nongovernmental organization Chinese Human Rights Defenders, 22 activists including Wang Dan and Wuerkaixi -- former student leaders and the top two names on China's "most-wanted" Tiananmen fugitive list -- on Monday demanded that China allows an independent team to look into what took place.

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