Tiananmen Square Relatives Castigate Chirac, Schroeder

Relatives of Chinese dissidents killed in the Tiananmen Square uprising of 1989 have lashed out at French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder for their role in attempting to lift a European arms embargo against China.

Speaking in a telephone interview on Thursday, the 'Mother of Tiananmen', professor Ding Zilin, said that "China's government always names Chirac as a friend of the Chinese people, but for us he is only a friend to autocratic dictatorship." She said Schroeder should not follow Chirac's position, "otherwise the people will remember him like the people remembered Hitler". Both leaders would be remembered in history as "shameful", said the retired professor, whose son was killed in the bloody crackdown by Chinese troops in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in June 1989.

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