Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Don't rock the boat

It's been 24 years since the demonstrations and massacre on Tiananmen Square. The Chinese government has no interest in allowing those ancient events to upset the harmony of today's government and politics.

Tiananmen leader denied in bid to return to China
Wu'er Kaixi in 1989
The second most-wanted student leader from the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests was turned back from Hong Kong on Monday in his latest attempt to surrender to Chinese authorities and return home.

It was the fourth such attempt by Wu'er Kaixi, who said his lack of success so far was the result of ‘‘absurd’’ actions by the Chinese government…

‘‘What I'm doing today is a result of the Chinese government’s absurd act of ordering my arrest, while at the same time refusing to allow me to return,’’ he wrote. He added that he wants to be reunited with his relatives ‘‘even if the reunion would have to take place behind a glass wall.’’…

Wu'er rose to fame as a pajama-clad hunger striker haranguing then-Chinese Premier Li Peng during a televised meeting during the Tiananmen protests in Beijing.

He was named No. 2 on the Chinese government’s list of 21 wanted student leaders after the military crushed the protests, killing at least hundreds. He has lived in exile in the United States and the self-ruled island of Taiwan since fleeing China.

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