Remembering Zhao Ziyang’s Stand Against Tiananmen Square Massacre
January 17 will be the ninth anniversary of the death of former CCP General Secretary Zhao Ziyang. Zhao was forced to step down and was placed under house arrest for the last 15 years of his life because he sympathized with the students during the June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre and was against military repression. The Chinese Communist regime's fear of Zhao Ziyang did not subside after his death. The authorities attempt to reduce public attention on Zhao Ziyang, especially at this time of year.
Zhao Ziyang was born on Oct. 17, 1919 in Henan Province. Zhao was Premier from 1980 to 1987, and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from 1987 to 1989. During June 4, 1989, Zhao Ziyang was dismissed from all his posts for being sympathetic towards the students. He was put under house arrest for 15 years until his death on January 17, 2005. Observers believe that he is an “iconic figure” of the modern democratic movement in China. He was a rare maverick during the history of the CCP. - See more at: http://www.ntd.tv/en/China%20Forbidden%20News/20140116/84801-remembering-zhao-ziyangs-stand-against-tiananmen-square-massacre.html#sthash.jDYb28it.dpuf
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