Tuesday, April 16, 2013

News at Eleven: Then came the Tiananmen crackdown.

Mr. Liao [Yiiwu] was transformed. He composed and recorded a poem of fury and frustration called "Massacre." He joined with friends to make a film called "Requiem"--to appease the souls of the dead.

He was arrested in 1990 as a counterrevolutionary and endured four years of beatings, torture, hunger and humiliations in a series of prisons. After being denied an exit permit 16 times and facing new threats of imprisonment for his writing, he slipped across the border into Vietnam in 2011 and made his way to Berlin, where he still lives.

from The New York Times: Poet's Nightmare in Chinese Prison


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