A Hong Kong-based human rights group says a Chinese man jailed for his involvement in the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests has been released from prison after 18 years.
The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said Friday that Xi Haoliang was released from a Beijing prison Tuesday.
Xi is reported to have joined a crowd burning debris to prevent troops from entering Tiananmen Square on the morning of June 4, 1989. His actions led to a death sentence, which was later commuted to a prison term.
Chinese troops and tanks killed hundreds and possibly thousands of demonstrators in 1989 in Beijing, putting a brutal end to weeks of peaceful protests in Tiananmen Square.
The government has called the protests a counter-revolutionary rebellion and has rejected all calls to reassess its position.
Some information for this report is provided by AFP and AP.