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27 years on, Chinese moms of Tiananmen victims vow to fight

  • FILE- In this file photo take June 5, 1989, people on Chang'an Boulevard hold up a photo that they described as dead victims of the violence against pro-democracy protesters on Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Hundreds had been killed in the early morning hours of June 4, in clashes with Chinese soldiers. Mothers of some of those killed in the bloody crackdown on China's 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy movement say they have lived through 27 years of state-led "terror and suffocation" and vow to continue pushing for the truth ahead of this weekend's anniversary of the events. (AP Photo/Jeff Widener, FIle)

    FILE- In this file photo take June 5, 1989, people on Chang'an Boulevard hold up a photo that they described as dead victims of the violence against pro-democracy protesters on Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Hundreds had been killed in the early morning hours of June 4, in clashes with Chinese soldiers. Mothers of some of those killed in the bloody crackdown on China's 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy movement say they have lived through 27 years of state-led "terror and suffocation" and vow to continue pushing for the truth ahead of this weekend's anniversary of the events. (AP Photo/Jeff Widener, FIle)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this file photo taken on June 4, 1989, civilians hold rocks as they stand on a government armored vehicle near Chang'an Boulevard in Beijing. Violence escalated between pro-democracy protesters and Chinese troops, leaving hundreds dead overnight. Mothers of some of those killed in the bloody crackdown on China's 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy movement say they have lived through 27 years of state-led "terror and suffocation" and vow to continue pushing for the truth ahead of this weekend's anniversary of the events. (AP Photo/Jeff Widener, File)

    FILE - In this file photo taken on June 4, 1989, civilians hold rocks as they stand on a government armored vehicle near Chang'an Boulevard in Beijing. Violence escalated between pro-democracy protesters and Chinese troops, leaving hundreds dead overnight. Mothers of some of those killed in the bloody crackdown on China's 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy movement say they have lived through 27 years of state-led "terror and suffocation" and vow to continue pushing for the truth ahead of this weekend's anniversary of the events. (AP Photo/Jeff Widener, File)  (The Associated Press)

Mothers of some of those killed in the bloody crackdown on China's 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy movement are condemning the Chinese government for failing to account for their children's deaths and vowing to continue pushing for the truth ahead of this weekend's 27th anniversary of the events.

Published by the advocacy group Human Rights in China, the letter signed by 131 mothers said victims' families continue to suffer from harassment and intimidation by Chinese security services for pursuing their quest for justice for their loved ones.

The letter condemns the Chinese government for its apathy, accusing Beijing of ignoring pleas by family members and wiping out public memories of the movement and the bloody crackdown on the night of June 3-4, 1989, in which hundreds, possibly thousands were killed.