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Wei Jingsheng Interviewed by Hong Kong Democratic Party Radio about the 1989 Democracy Movement in China

At 5:30am EST (5:30pm Hong Kong time) on June 2, 2009, Wei Jingsheng was interviewed by Hong Kong Democratic Party radio lead by Mr. Lin Zijian. In the half hour long radio interview, Mr. Wei commented on the 1989 democracy movement in China, as well as the democratic prospects in China. The interview was widely spread in Hong Kong during the 20th anniversary of the June 4 massacre in Beijing. The footage of the press conference and briefing in the US Capitol commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the 1989 Democracy Movement in China sponsored by the Wei Jingsheng Foundation and the image of Wei Jingsheng speaking were widely spread in Hong Kong as well. The following is the related press release by the Hong Kong Democratic Party radio, after their radio interview of Wei Jingsheng.

Wei Jingsheng expressed that the 1989 democracy movement in China helped the East European countries to accomplish their political reforms, but not in China. Currently, we see a vigorous rights defending movement in China. Regarding today's youths in China lack of care about the June 4 massacre, Wei pointed out that it was due to the Chinese Communist Party's information blockage, as well as because parents are not willing to mention it due to the risk to their children.

Regarding the opinion that nowadays with the economic power of China, there is no need to develop democracy, Wei thinks it is a deformed development in China. He pointed out that there is a massive population of poverty in China, and the extreme disparity between the rich and poor will only induce social instability. The rising GDP will not solve the unemployment problem in China. In addition, the limited internal market inside of China makes it vulnerable to Western countries.

Mr. Wei lead the XiDan Democracy Wall movement a long time ago, when he exposed the dictatorial face of the Chinese Communist Party. That was because he noticed that after Deng Xiaoping took over power from Hua Guofeng, Deng continued the dictatorial system. Deng was just a successor of Mao Zedong, while the one party dictatorship of the Chinese Communist Party was only another name for continued despotism. When this one party dictatorship was controlled by a minority of people, it could only develop into a political system of dictatorship.

We Jingsheng thinks that the birth of a democratic system needs the ignition of certain events, instead of the so-called slow evolution to form development. When there is a trigger to initiate development and change the nature of a government, then we will develop all sorts of the issues of building a democratic political system. Regarding the expectation of "the redress of June 4", Wei thinks that because of the total negation of June 4 by the Chinese Communist Party, such "redress" could only be possible after the one party dictatorship is finished in China.

Regarding the recent book release of Zhao Ziyang's audiotapes, Wei thinks it will expose some history not available before. Meanwhile, he points out that people should not put hope for the democratic future of China on the reformists within the Chinese Communist Party, as the minority power holders who have their own power and interests to protect will not take any constraint by the people until the collapse of the system was already certain. So even if there were reformists inside the Chinese Communist Party now like Zhao Ziyang, these reformists would be kicked off the stage by the power holding clique anyway.

Wei Jingsheng thinks the current Hu Jintao administration is only a government that tries to patch holes. This government is one that prevents progress in China. It has no ideology, no authority, and its internal faction only cares about maintaining their own interests. The current premier Wen Jiabao does not have an ideology like Zhao Ziyang, and is not really a reformist. Wei read some articles on the Internet that pointed out that Wen was really a person who sold out Zhao Ziyang. After Zhao lost his power, all his followers lost their posts except Wen. Wei pointed out that Wen is also a kind of person who is just trying to patch holes. Thus the high expectation of Wen Jiabao is just like that high expectation of Hu Jintao, which really is just a way to flatter them.

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