Posted on March 17, 2022

Tiananmen Square Protester-Turned-Immigration Lawyer Stabbed in New York City

Associated Press, March 15, 2022

A dissident legal scholar who was jailed for two years in China after participating in the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement was killed Monday in his law firm’s office in New York, where he had settled after seeking asylum in the U.S., police said.

Li Jinjin, 66, was stabbed to death in the city where he had long worked as an immigration lawyer {snip}

An arrest was made in his killing. Police said Xiaoning Zhang, 25, was taken into custody and faces a murder charge. {snip}

Chuang Chuang Chen, the CEO of the China Democracy Party, and lawyer Wei Zhu, a friend of Li’s, both told The New York Daily News that the killing might have stemmed from Li’s refusal to take Zhang on as a client.

Zhang came to the U.S. in August on an F-1 student visa to go to school in Los Angeles {snip}