Fang Zheng

Fang Zheng

Fang Zheng is a Tiananmen Square Activist and lifelong athlete. On June 4, 1989, while evacuating the Tiananmen Square student protests, Fang was run over by a tank, leading to the amputation of his legs. China’s government pressured Fang to say that he had been in a road accident, intending to conceal the fact that tanks had run over students; Fang refused to change his story. Despite political persecution, Fang became an outspoken voice of truth, sharing his story to fight the government’s narrative that Zheng and other protestors had provoked their own injuries through violence. Fang continued his career as a record-breaking athlete, and in 1994, was China’s best disabled discus thrower. Fang was later barred from attending the 1994 Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled, however, and faced strict limitations on how he could describe his injury when he represented China at athletic events. Fang is now an activist for truth about Tiananmen Square and against China’s repressive government. Fang was a celebrated speaker at the 20-year anniversary event of Tiananmen Square, and currently serves as the president of the Chinese Democracy Education Foundation.