- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 4, 2002

A former Chinese political prisoner who participated in the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy demonstrations says "misconduct" by a few student protesters led to the betrayal of some of the movement's top leaders.
Zhou Yungjun, who spent three years in a Chinese labor camp for participating in the protests, said some of the student protesters helped Chinese authorities arrest leaders of the movement. Mr. Zhou later escaped to Hong Kong and received U.S. asylum in 1992.
"We, a group of grown-ups, who used to be called 'Children of Tiananmen Square,' are awakening and confessing," said Mr. Zhou, former chairman of the Beijing Autonomous Federation of College Students. "I feel very sorrowful about the incident, which has been a tragic lesson for us."
According to estimates by the human rights group Amnesty International, tens of thousands of student protesters were arrested after the demonstrations ended in an army crackdown that left several hundred people dead.
Mr. Zhou said on Tuesday that he does not regret the "heroic" movement in the spring of 1989 but wished there had been greater solidarity among the students to sustain the process.
He ran a business in New York until he returned to China in 1998, when he was arrested again and jailed for more than two years.
Mr. Zhou led a demonstration for democracy outside the Chinese Embassy in Washington on Monday when participants demanded the release of three top democracy leaders Yu Zhijian, Yu Dongyue and Lu Decheng who have spent 13 years in Chinese prisons since the Tiananmen Square protests.


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