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Hsichih Trio's parents take part in Mother's Day vigil

By Lin Mei-chun  /  STAFF REPORTER

Yesterday was a special Mother's Day for parents of the Hsichih Trio, who spent the day together praying the new government would pardon their children.

The mothers of both Liu Bing-lang (劉秉郎) and Chuang Lin-hsun (莊林勳), as well as the father of Su Jian-he (蘇建和), gathered with others at Taipei's Chinan Church (濟南教會) hoping for an answer to their prayers.

Accompanied by harp music and enjoying the sunshine, the ongoing prayer vigil for the Hsichih Trio marked its 30th day yesterday.

The initiator of the event, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR, 台灣人權促進會), vowed the vigil would continue until the three were free.

"As a musician, I figure I can show my concern for the case in a different manner," said harpist Shannon Hsieh (解瑄), chairman of Taipei Harpists Association. "I would like to pay my respect to their [the trio's] families with my music."

Hsieh said the one-hour program, on the themes of love and motherhood, was conceived as a tribute for the mothers of the three inmates now on death row. Classic pieces such as "Songs My Mother Taught Me," "Love Serenade," and the Taiwanese folk song "Wang Chun Feng" (望春風, meaning "Expecting Spring") were performed during the concert.

The three men known as the Hsichih Trio were charged for involvement in the 1991 double murder of a couple in Taipei County's Hsichih.

Their execution, however, has been held back for years because of controversy over how the police extracted evidence from the three men, then 19-years of age.

"I am too old and useless to do anything for my son. So I am grateful for what they [human right groups] have done for us. They are here with us when they can spend this holiday with their families," said tearful Chen Kuei-tan (陳桂丹), mother of Chuang.

The prayer vigil was launched on April 15 in an attempt to petition for a pardon from the incoming President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).

"It should be a day filled with warmth and love. While others can celebrate this day with their children, they [the trio's mothers] can not. That is why we are here with them today," said TAHR chairman Lin Feng-jeng (林峰正).

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