Purged Chinese Reformer Gravely Ill, Haunting His Successors (New York Times)

April 5, 2004

“Zhao Ziyang, a former Communist Party chief who became a potent symbol of thwarted political reform after he was purged during the crackdown on dissent in 1989, is critically ill and is being kept alive by a respirator at his home in Beijing, people close to Mr. Zhao’s family said Monday.

Analysts say advocates of faster political change inside and outside the Communist Party may view his passing as an opportunity to highlight demands for more open government and for a reassessment of the army’s violent suppression of student-led protests in 1989.”

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