Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, April 12, 2019

Touchy, touchy

Chinese leadership seems very touchy about a guy who's been dead for nearly 15 years and events that took place 30 years ago.

Tiananmen anniversary prompts raised security at Zhao Ziyang’s family home
Police surveillance around the late Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang’s family residence was tightened on Friday, as friends and relatives paid tribute to the purged Communist Party leader on China’s tomb sweeping day, ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen student-led protests

“Police security is tighter this year [than in previous years]. The monitoring area stretches from the hutongs (alleys) around our home to the main road,” said Wang Yannan, Zhao's daughter, on Friday…

Zhao, who was purged for siding with the students in 1989, spent the last 15 years of his life under house arrest. He died on January 17, 2005.

The Communist Party has branded the student-led movement a rebellion and barred any public commemoration…

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