|Limited-edition bottles of liquor commemorating the bloody military crackdown on the student-led democracy movement of 1989.|
(RFA) - Authorities in southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan have once more postponed the trial of four people who have been held in pretrial detention for three years for selling liquor with references to the 1989 Tiananmen massacre on the label.
Teahouse proprietor Fu Hailu was taken away by police in the provincial capital Chengdu in May 2016, after he and three others marketed the alcohol, which bore the words "June 4, 1989" and a cartoon of a man in front of an advancing column of tanks on the label. The label also says "Never forget, never give up."
According to another slogan on the bottle, the baijiu spirit had "matured for 27 years," the length of time since People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops put an end to weeks of student protests on Tiananmen Square, using tanks and machine guns on largely unarmed civilians.
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The number of civilian deaths was estimated by
the Chinese government to be near or above 10,000.
Fu and fellow-defendants Luo Fuyu, Zhang Juanyong and Chen Bing were to have stood trial for "incitement to subvert state power" on Friday, but the trial has been postponed yet again, RFA has learned.
Fu's wife Liu Tianyan said she was informed of the decision by a government attorney appointed to defend her husband, but had yet to receive any official notification from the authorities.
"I really don't know, but I get the feeling they are backsliding, saying there'll be a trial, then not holding one," Liu said. "The lawyer also told me that they have no obligation to inform me of the details of any future trial."
"I am really worried, because I don't know what's going on," she said. "I don't even know if the relatives will be allowed to attend any trial."
Ran Tong, an attorney previously appointed to defend Fu by his family, declined to comment on the case when contacted by RFA on Friday.
"I want to emphasize that we are under very strict orders from the department of justice right now," Ran said. "All I can say, from a humanitarian point of view, is that defendants ... shouldn't be cut off from their families."
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