A Gentler China: A special report; 4 Years After Tiananmen, The Hard Line Is Cracking
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Nearly four years have passed since the Communist hard-liners sent tanks to Tiananmen Square, filling the morgues with the broken bodies of young fighters for democracy and casting a repressive nightfall across the country.
Now a dawn of sorts has gradually broken across China.
While thousands of "counterrevolutionaries" remain behind bars, often subject to beatings and humiliation, on the whole the repression seems to be easing.
China is in some respects putting the hard-line era behind it and returning to the way it was before the Tiananmen crackdown. In Hiding for Years
One young scholar wanted by the police for his role in the democracy movement spent several years in hiding, trying desperately to flee the country. Last year he decided that escape was impossible, so he returned to Beijing and sorrowfully turned himself in to the police.
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BY STUART LEAVENWORTH
BEIJING — Xu Zhiyong wasn’t able to join his wife for the birth of their daughter last week. Instead, the Chinese human rights activist was stuck in a detention center in south Beijing, facing a trial that supporters say makes a mockery of China’s recent lip service to legal reform.
That trial, expected to start Wednesday and be closed to the public, almost certainly will end with a conviction that could send Xu, a 40-year-old legal scholar and leader of China’s New Citizens Movement, to prison for up to five years, his lawyer said.
Xu is ready to pay that price, said his lawyer, Zhang Qingfang.
“Since a long time ago, he anticipated that this day would come,” Zhang said in an interview. “For society to advance, there is always someone who must sacrifice, and Xu is proud to contribute to that.”
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