Tiananmen Mothers reject gov’t-offered cash settlement: sources

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HONG KONG: Chinese authorities last year dangled a cash carrot in front of a group of activists who lost family members in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, but the group refused the condition that they halt their quest for truth and accountability in return for compensation, it has been learned from informed sources.

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The sources said that early last year, officials from the Ministry of National Security, accompanied by local officials, visited the homes of Tiananmen Mothers cofounders Ding Zilin and Zhang Xianling, as well as other members of the group, to discuss the possibility of a settlement.

While the exact amount of cash on offer was not specified at the time, the officials pointed out to them that families of victims of coalmine accidents, which frequently occur in China, typically receive 500,000 yuan ($ 80,406) in compensation per death, and asked them how much the families sought. PNA

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