|Jiang Peikun and his wife Ding Zilin were cofounders of Tiananmen Mothers|
|Ding lost her son Jiang Jieliang 26 years ago at Tiananmen|
Jiang had a stroke caused by cerebral infarction in 2008 but that did not deter him from continuing with his activism -- he insisted on working on editing and post production work on new testimonies they had collected at the time.
In an earlier interview, Ding said her husband carried on working, even though he was forced to wear an oxygen mask to complete his tasks.
He was also the one who drafted the group's main statements and objectives, and during sensitive periods Jiang and Ding were kept under house arrest. They were also harassed when they showed support for jailed human rights activist Liu Xiaobo who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.
After news of Jiang's death was announced, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China and overseas dissidents paid tribute to him. At 11am today -- the start of the National Day holiday -- the alliance held a memorial in front of the Beijing Liaison office in Hong Kong. Members also demanded redress from Beijing over the crackdown.
We hope for Ding and Jiang's sake that the Chinese government will face up to the truth and give them and all the other families the right to mourn and account for the children they lost that night. If anything they deserve to know what happened and why.