(Time) Miao Deshun reportedly suffers from hepatitis B and schizophrenia
The last person jailed in connection with Beijing’s 1989 pro-democracy Tiananmen Square protests may soon be released, according to a U.S.-based advocacy group.
Miao Deshun, 25 at the time of his arrest, was convicted of throwing a basket at a burning People’s Liberation Army (PLA) tank during the bloody crackdown on the peaceful student-led demonstration.
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Miao was initially handed a suspended death sentence, though this was commuted to life imprisonment in 1991. A native of Hebei province near Beijing, Miao reportedly suffers from hepatitis B and schizophrenia. He apparently hasn’t had any contact with the outside world for many years after he told his family not to visit.