SUN Yanchang (孙彦昌)

Male, 24, driver at the Beijing Construction Furnace Company. From: Beijing.

On the night of June 3, 1989, Sun left home to look for his younger brother. South of Dongjiao Hongmiao no. 110 bus terminal, he was shot by martial law soldiers. The bullet hit the fourth nerve center of his cervical spine. He was brought to Chaoyang Hospital for treatment and died six months later.

Sun’s mother, Wang Wenhua (王文华), is a member of the Tiananmen Mothers. His father, Sun Hengyao (孙恒尧), was also a member before he passed away.

Sun Yanchang (孙彦昌)
Sun Yanchang
Wang Wenhua, mother of Sun Yanchang, said in a video interview in 2019:

It was chaotic that day [June 3, 1989]. His younger brother hadn’t come home from his work unit. At dawn, I sent him to go find his younger brother. In the end, he went to Hongmiao, where the People’s Liberation Army was firing indiscriminately, and he was hit by a bullet, damaging the nerves in his neck. He lived for six months. At the time, the doctors and nurses at Chaoyang Hospital were incredibly sympathetic to us—they refused to let us pay a cent and still took care of us.

I was 50 or 51 years old that year. Now I am 81. I have waited 30 years but still there has been no resolution. The Communist Party always says that our China is a society with rule of law. But if that’s the case, what kind of rule of law is this? We ordinary citizens were killed by you for no reason! And what happened? Sometimes they even monitor us. But what crimes have we committed? My son simply went to find his little brother and then was shot in indiscriminate gunfire.

The Communist Party is always going on about how we are a country with rule of law. I remember seeing news saying that the U.S. said China has no human rights, and I feel this is correct. Outside of China they all say that China has no human rights. From this, you can confirm that people born in China don’t have them. Let’s say you die in a traffic accident: you would be compensated, to reach a settlement. And yet our loved ones have been dead for 30 years without anyone asking about it, but with people monitoring us and watching what we say. In any case, I’m afraid our generation won’t live to see it, but I do believe that there will be a reckoning in the next generation.

Video testimony of Wang Wenhua, mother of Sun Yancheng, 2019 (in Chinese)

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